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Menlo Park: Woman faces up to four years in prison for threatening officer

She pleads no contest to drug and threatening charge

An East Palo Alto woman who threatened to kill a Menlo Park police officer as she was being arrested entered a plea of no contest Dec. 12 to one count of threatening a police officer and one count of possession of crack cocaine, both felonies, county prosecutors said.

In exchange for her no-contest plea, Jackie Ann Broussard, 51, agreed to a sentence of no more than four years in state prison.

Ms. Broussard remains in San Mateo County jail on a bail of $50,000. Her sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 13.

Ms. Broussard's arrest came in September 2015 on Saratoga Avenue in East Palo Alto after a Menlo Park police officer stopped a vehicle in which she was a passenger and which had almost been involved in a collision, prosecutors said.

Police arrested Ms. Broussard based on outstanding warrants, but she made the arrest difficult by kicking and screaming at the officers, prosecutors said.

She threatened one officer by telling her she would put her "6 feet under," that she (the officer) was "gonna feel better dead," and that she (Ms. Broussard) would have the Taliban, a criminal street gang in East Palo Alto, "hurt" the officer, prosecutors said.

The drug charge relates to the discovery, at the jail, of an ounce of crack cocaine in Ms. Broussard's vagina, prosecutors said.

After her arrest and during her detention, Ms. Broussard spent time at Napa State Hospital and consented to involuntary medication in May 2016 after two doctors found her not competent to stand trial, prosecutors said.

In September 2016, doctors at the state hospital declared that Ms. Broussard was "restored to competency" and she returned to the county jail, prosecutors said.

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