Intoxicated woman arrested for causing disturbances in Orange

Intoxicated woman arrested for causing disturbances in Orange

A woman in Orange was arrested for public intoxication Sunday after police received multiple calls regarding disturbances in which she was involved.

Orange Police arrested 25-year-old Melody Johnson after receiving a call at approximately 1:50 a.m. Sunday, June 2 regarding a disturbance in the 5700 block of Velma Jeter Dr. Police reported that while en route to the scene, dispatch advised a second call of a disturbance among the same parties was received.

OPD Officer Caleb Davis responded to the call and reported that upon his arrival he observed a woman wearing a multi-colored dress shouting profanities at several other people. She was later identified as Johnson. The screaming woman had a fresh, “actively bleeding” cut on her right wrist, Davis reported, and the officer attempted to speak with Johnson. According to him, her speech was slurred to the point he was unable to understand what she was saying and she was unable to walk a straight line. Although Davis reported he could smell no alcohol emitting from the woman, he felt she was intoxicated on an unknown substance “to the point of being a danger to herself and others, as Johnson had caused several responses by the police within minutes due to her state… and causing disturbances.”

Johnson was arrested and transported to the Orange Baptist Hospital for assessment of her injuries. She received jail clearance and was taken to the Orange County Jail for processing.

The incident was not Johnson’s first run-in with the law - not even close. According to data collected, the 25-year-old Melody (Travone/Travon/Travonne) Johnson has a checkered criminal history going all the way back to July 7, 2005 when she was arrested by West Orange Police for Class A Assault causing bodily injury. She pleaded guilty to the charge and spent seven days in jail. In August of 2012, Johnson was arrested for Second Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The prosecution changed the charge to a Class B Misdemeanor Terroristic Threat to which Johnson pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 50 days confinement. Johnson reportedly also spit in an officer's face while in jail after being arrested in October 2011 for disorderly conduct. That time, police were called because Johnson was standing outside of a bar screaming profanities. She has also been arrested for possession of marijuana, criminal trespass, theft, and resisting arrest.

The most recent arrest was Johnson’s second this year for public intoxication. She was arrested on March 1 after police received a call, also to 5700 Velma Jeter Dr., that she was causing a disturbance and refused to leave when asked.