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Vice President Biden's Niece Accused Of Striking NYPD Officer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The niece of Vice President Joseph Biden stood accused Tuesday night of striking a New York City police officer after officers were called about a fight with the woman's roommate.

Caroline Biden, 26, was arrested Tuesday morning by officers responding to a report of a dispute at her apartment in TriBeCa.

Caroline Biden allegedly scuffled with officers as they tried to break up a fight between her and her roommate. They said she lunged at an officer, struck another officer and resisted being handcuffed.

Police did not say what the fight was about.

A New York Post account of the incident quoted sources as alleging that Caroline Biden lunged at a female officer, and struck a male officer before flailing her arms as she allegedly resisted being handcuffed.

Biden was arrested on charges of obstructing governmental administration, harassment and resisting arrest. She was given notice to appear in court Oct. 29, and released.

She was also treated at Beth Israel Hospital after complaining that she did not feel well, the Post reported.

A phone listing for her couldn't be found, and it wasn't clear if she had a lawyer.

The vice president's office declined to comment.

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