JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman faces felony assault charges after police say she punched and kicked an officer then spit on him.
Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Officer Jeremy Smith responded to a welfare check in the 700-block of Melrose Street.
When he arrived at the scene, 35-year-old Sharon E. Rack met him at the door.
According to his incident report, when Smith asked Rack how she was doing, she became "confrontational" and accused the officer of harassing her.
Rack's mother, who had made the initial complaint, said she believed her daughter was "under the influence of an unknown substance."
She told Smith that Rack did not live at the address and wanted her to leave.
Rack then "became more aggressive" and began "screaming and using profanity," Smith said.
When told she would have to leave, Smith said Rack went outside and began screaming profanities. Smith said he told her multiple times to stop. When she did not, he attempted to take Rack into custody for disorderly conduct.
After placing a handcuff on her right wrist, Smith said Rack pulled away from him and tried to punch him in the face. Smith said he moved out of the way, but the other handcuff struck him between the eyes.
Smith forced Rack to the ground, but Rack continued to fight him. She rolled onto her back and kicked him two to three times in the stomach, he said.
Smith called for backup, then managed to roll Rack back onto her stomach, handcuff her hands behind her back and place her into custody.
While he was taking her to the Craighead County Detention Center, Smith said Rack leaned up against the transport cage and spit on the side of his face.
After moving Rack to the rear passenger side of the patrol car, Smith took her to the CCDC where she was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and second-degree battery on a law enforcement officer. A hold was also placed on her for a mental health screening.
Smith went to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were photographed and placed into evidence.
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