A Free State woman did something many people are tempted to do; she attacked a traffic officer after he tried to give her fine, but now she may face charges of assault, crimen injuria, reckless driving and refusing to obey a traffic officer.

A Free State woman did something many people are tempted to do; she attacked a traffic officer after he tried to give her fine, but now she may face charges of assault, crimen injuria, reckless driving and refusing to obey a traffic officer.

According to , the woman was asked by traffic officials Marius Marx and Fanie Mostert not to park on a yellow line in front of the post office in Bethlehem. She ignored him and drove off when he tried to give her a ticket. Marx said she grazed him slightly when pulling off.

"I asked her to remove her vehicle. She refused and said she was collecting her mail. When she came back, I wanted to fine her. She swore and screamed at me and said I did not know her, but I would find out who she was later.

"Then she got into her car and pulled away. I wanted to stop her and her car hit my leg. We followed her and indicated that she should pull over. She then showed us an "up yours" sign,” he said.

"Fanie forced her off the road in President Boshoff Street. It seemed as if she was going to pull away again. She grabbed me by my jacket, yanked me around and slapped my face. My shirt's buttons were pulled off. She insulted me again.

"I was slapped while in uniform and could not defend myself because it was a woman," said Marx.

The newspaper said the officials took the woman back to the traffic office where she was fined R300 for parking on a yellow line and R300 for driving away. Police are investigating whether to lay charges of assault, crimen injuria, reckless driving and refusing to obey a traffic officer.