A drunken lawyer, and her equally intoxicated wife, went on a rampage Saturday night outside of a Dallas restaurant. The pair were arrested after punching and kicking a number of individuals, including innocent bystanders. Their reasoning for the violence won them no favor or understanding with police.
50-year-old attorney Amy Witherite (left in the picture above) and her wife Barbara were outside a restaurant in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas when they saw the restaurant valet park their car out of their sight. That set Amy off, who wanted the car parked in front of the restaurant.
Here’s a running list the pair’s actions in the melee that ensued.
Amy attacked the valet, punching him. She then attacked a bystander, hitting him with a wine glass. Barbara then got into the act, and punched and kicked a bystander who she thought was laughing at her.
Barbara then crossed the street and punched a woman and knocked her to the ground, all while trying to take her purse. No one seems to know why.
She then attacked a woman who was trying to record the incident on her cellphone, and tried to take her phone from her.
Several bystanders then intervened, and she attacked them as well. One man tried to hold Barbara in a headlock, and Amy punched him.
Eventually, the two were arrested on a number of misdemeanor charges.
A crowd prevented attorney Amy Witherite and Barbara Witherite from leaving after they assaulted several people, according to a Dallas police report. Officers responded to the disturbance call around 9:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Bishop Avenue.
A valet employee told police that the incident started when Amy Witherite asked, “Where the [expletive] is my car?” an arrest warrant affidavit says.
On Tuesday, Amy Witherite took responsibility for the incident, which she said was fueled by alcohol, and said her wife should not be blamed.
“I got upset at something I should have never gotten upset at. And it’s on me,” Amy Witherite said. “It started over something trivial, and I shouldn’t have allowed it to happen.”
Police said witnesses sent video footage of the incident, and one other woman reported being assaulted but did not want to file a report.
“I really am deeply embarrassed of my behavior,” Amy Witherite said.
She said both she and Barbara Witherite feel “very badly about what happened.”
“I’m going to try to handle this as responsibly as I can,” Amy Witherite said.
She was arrested on three counts of misdemeanor assault.
Barbara Witherite was arrested on four counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of intervening with an emergency call, also a misdemeanor.
Since Amy is a personal injury attorney, she likely knows what is coming.
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