CALIFORNIA: A US woman slapped a policeman in the face - because she wanted to be locked up to help her give up smoking. Etta Lopez, 31, is charged with assaulting a police officer following her drastic bid to quit her habit in Sacromento, California. Deputy Matt Campoy was leaving his shift at the Sacramento County Jail when the woman purposefully blocked his way. “It was totally unprovoked,” he said. “All of a sudden she stepped into me and slapped me in the face.” Police say Lopez admitted she sat in front of the county jail for hours intent on assaulting an officer to get arrested and be put in jail, where she would be forced to stop smoking. “There’s easier ways to stop smoking besides hitting a cop,” Roger Spearman, a neighbour, commented.–WO