SANTA ANA (CBS) — A female suspect suffered minor dog bites after police used a K-9 during a standoff at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Costa Mesa.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the incident was reportedly fueled by a celebrity obsession.

Costa Mesa police sergeant Patrick Wessel says 49-year-old Tamera Grant of Irvine refused to surrender after she backed her car into the DMV office on 19th Street near Pomona Avenue.

The woman was reportedly holed up inside the DMV office for a couple hours before she emerged and was taken into custody.

“She had some fixation with a known celebrity and went to the DMV to try to change the names on the driver’s license to her name,” Wessel said.

Police say Grant may be in need of psychiatric care.

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Comments (11)
  1. Ida says:

    “May need” psychiatric care…..O-K ?????

    1. TAMMY GRANT says:

      This is Tammy Grant and no I AM NOT A PSYCH PATIENT I WENT IN TO FIX TWO FALSE POLICE REPORTS BY SGT KENT OF IPD HE PUT ME IN AS A FELONY DRUG SUSPECT AND SUSPECT IN A ROBBERY IT HAD RUINED MY HEALTH INS AND WAS GETTING ME SEARCH AND HARASSED AND IT WAS FALSE THAT WHY I DID IT

  2. Phyllis H. says:

    Hello…is there a Psychiatrist in the house? Oh! Bring the straight jacket with you and the key to a padded cell with this person’s name on it. Thank you.

    1. Topher says:

      You say things as if you’re a mental health professional with no professionalism, and I doubt you’re any sort of mental health professional at all. Unlike myself. She may need psychiatric care, but she certainly doesn’t need a straight-jacket, which aren’t even necessarily used anymore in the first place. Educate yourself before you hurt someone with that dangerous mentality of yours.

  3. She is definitely a danger to herself and others says:

    Shut up Topher!… that was pretty dumb… she backed her car into the DMV building Bro!

    She is most def without a doubt a danger to herself and others. She coulda killed someone.

  4. AJ Morgan says:

    “Police say Grant may be in need of psychiatric care.”

    Ya think…

  5. Dana Redmayne says:

    excuse me! she was “holed” up???? are you serious?! that is not the proper tense of the word! get an education people….please!

  6. My Two Cents says:

    I know I’m stating the obvious here, but one reason police (and other agencies) hedge their statements with “alleged” and “may” is to avoid the 50+ lawyers waiting to file a suit on behalf of the “victim.” *Legally* the only folks who can say the words, “she needs psychiatric care” are the doctors that have *examined* her.

    You’d be amazed at how many lawsuits a city/county settles just to make the plaintiffs go away. The “lame” language used by the police saves us money — don’t bite their heads off for it.

  7. drozone69 says:

    I was there and this story is bogus.They refused to issue her here license.So at that point she figured why have a car and field office?She rammed her BMW into the DMV.These joints have episodes every day from citizens,not foriegners ,but Americans.Why? because foriegners are given more rights,alls they have to do is act dumb and naive and we roll out the red carpet and translators.

  8. Saber 1 says:

    Where are the snipers when you need them?