PMS Caused Woman to Kick Policeman, Virginia Judge Says

<i> Associated Press</i>

A judge has sided with a woman who says she was suffering from premenstrual syndrome when she used vulgar language and kicked a state trooper who charged her with drunken driving.

Dr. Geraldine Richter, an orthopedic surgeon, said that she had had four glasses of wine at a party but that she was not drunk when she was stopped last year.

She contended that PMS, not alcohol, caused her to react violently when the trooper said her three children, who were in the car with her, might be placed in protective custody.

On Tuesday, Fairfax General District Judge Robert Smith found Richter not guilty of drunken driving.