A Dallas lawyer who specializes in personal injury and drunk driving cases is charged with assault after an alcohol-fueled tirade over the weekend in the Bishop Arts District.
The ordeal happened around 9 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of N. Bishop Avenue. Dallas police say Amy Witherite and her wife, Barbara, attacked valet drivers and random people on the street because they couldn’t see where their car was parked.
Cell phone video captured the attorney and her wife appearing to go on a violent attack in busy Bishop Arts.
One of the valet attendants seen on cell phone video getting hit is now back at work. He says he's rattled by the attack but is physically okay.
Witnesses say the couple got upset with a valet attendant because their Mercedes was parked out of view.
According to an arrest affidavit, Amy told a valet attendant, "Where the [expletive] is my car?" and then punched the valet in the face. Another valet, Zike Nouko, tried to intervene.
According to the report, Amy was holding a drink and "smashed it into the side of Mr. Nouko's head."
The cell phone video shows Nouko pushing Amy away from him and she falls to the ground.
“I can't say anything for now,” Nouko told FOX 4. “I can't talk about it. I'm really sorry for that, but I can't say anything.”
The arrest affidavit says Barbara then asked a witness "Do you think that is funny?" and then punched him in the face.
Barbara then allegedly knocked a woman to the ground and dragged her across the concrete and then threw a different woman's cell phone to the floor, telling her "You [expletive] [expletive] ain't calling 911."
Amy, whose professional bio lists her as an attorney specializing in bodily injury and drunken driving wrecks, reportedly got into her car with her wife and realized they had no keys.
A man put Barbara in a headlock to keep them from leaving. The report states Amy "punched him the face with a closed fist approximately five times."
“It was just disheartening to see that happen to the valet service and innocent bystanders who were just out having a great time in a wonderful neighborhood,” said Ken Valencia, co-owner of Home on Bishop.
An attorney who works at Amy's law firm says she is focused on her family and getting past her legal troubles.
Amy was charged with three counts of assault and public intoxication. Barbara was charged with four counts of assault, public intoxication, and interference with an emergency request for assistance. They are both out bond.