Woman Awarded $1.5M After Being Punched by CHP Officer Arrested Again on Same Freeway

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Video shot by a motorist showed a CHP officer throwing a woman to the ground, straddling her body and repeatedly punching her on July 1, 2014. He was later identified as Daniel Andrew; she was identified at Marlene Pinnock. (Credit: David Diaz)

A woman captured on video last year being punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway was arrested Tuesday and taken in for a mental health evaluation after she wandered into traffic on the same stretch of roadway, CHP officials said.

Marlene Pinnock, who received a $1.5-million settlement after the controversial incident in 2014, was taken into custody about 2:25 a.m. after two officers found her wandering on the right shoulder of the eastbound 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue, Sgt. Joe Nunez said.

Marlene Pinnock was repeatedly punched on July 1, 2014, by a CHP officer in an incident caught on cellphone video. She speaks during an interview here on Aug. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Marlene Pinnock was repeatedly punched on July 1, 2014, by a CHP officer in an incident caught on cellphone video. She speaks during an interview here on Aug. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Pinnock has long struggled with mental illness.

When CHP officers tried to detain her, Pinnock “pulled away and ran into traffic lanes,” according to an incident report provided to The Times. Officers removed Pinnock from the freeway.

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