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MESA, Ariz. - A woman accused of going on a rampage because she was upset about ObamaCare is talking about what happened.
Police say Amber Gardner walked into a Mesa convenience store and began yelling: "This is the United States of America! Obama passed a law yesterday!"
Police say she next made racial comments and tried to hit a worker with a hammer.
When we talked with her behind bars, Amber Gardner said this wasn't about politics. She didn't even know about ObamaCare.
She said she did what she did because she has a drug problem and needs help.
"Let's just say I did some dope, I did some meth," Gardner told us in a jailhouse interview.
Amber Gardner admitted to being high on drugs and losing her temper when she was arrested on Friday.
She's accused of trying to attack a Mesa store clerk with a hammer.
"They refused me food whether I had money or not, they refused me food, they looked at me like I was a piece of crap," she said.
Police say Gardner lunged at the clerk but another worker pulled her away. The clerk ran out of the store and called 911. When officers got there, they say Gardner was tearing down shelves and used the hammer to destroy a register and a lottery machine.
She says police tased her three times before arresting her.
"I was on top of the counter and I came down willingly. They took me down not once, not twice but three times and the third time on the butt."