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Police: Mom loses it, lands in jail after seeing 'baby' arrested

Rhonda Baker (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Rhonda Baker (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A woman who told police she saw her “baby” being arrested and “lost it” wound up in handcuffs after officers said she tried to stop the arrest.

The arrests followed a 4-car crash Friday, Feb. 27, at the intersection of Main and Highland, according to a Jonesboro Police Department crash report.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the 17-year-old suspect, who was not identified because of his age, was westbound on Highland Drive when his 2003 GMC Envoy crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the back tire area of a 2000 GMC pickup truck.

The Envoy continued on Highland toward the intersection where it struck a 2003 GMC SUV stopped in the turning lane, the report said.

The Envoy then crossed into the path of an oncoming Chevy Tahoe that was turning from Southwest Drive onto Highland. The Tahoe, according to the report, was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.

Officer Ryan Crawford, who investigated the crash, said a passenger in the Envoy told him that he and the driver had been using air duster before the crash happened.

By that time several more officers arrived at the scene to assist Crawford.

A witness gave Officer Jeremy Smith a can of air duster which he said the Envoy passenger had tossed out of the truck, the incident report stated.

The passenger told police he and the driver had “taken a couple hits of the air duster prior to the accident,” Smith said.

When Smith attempted to arrest the driver, the teen started saying “No” and resisted arrest, the report said.

At this time a woman, later identified as 36-year-old Rhonda Baker of Jonesboro, approached Smith and grabbed his arms, the report said.

While Officer Jeremy Wheelis pulled Baker away, the report said Smith and Officer Tyler Wilson took the driver to the ground.

When the teen refused to comply with the officers' commands, Smith deployed his Taser into the suspect's back.

The teen “immediately stated that he was ‘done' and began complying with commands,” Smith said in his report.

While searching the suspect, Wilson said he found a set of brass knuckles in his backpack.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he and his grandmother gave consent for a legal blood draw and urine sample in reference to the accident, the report said.

He was later taken to the Craighead County Juvenile Center and charged with DWI-drugs, criminal use of prohibited weapons/brass knuckles, careless and prohibited driving, and resisting arrest.

Officer Wheelis, with the help of Officer Weston Gates, managed to get Baker handcuffed and into custody.

Baker was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where she was cited with obstructing governmental operations. She was given a court date of March 2 and left in lieu of a $525 bond.

Baker apologized to police, saying she “just saw her ‘baby' being arrested and lost it,” the report said.

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