A 33 year old Tavernier woman was arrested after she fought violently with an officer trying to arrest her for disorderly intoxication.
Deputy Michael Claudy was at the Circle K convenience store at the 92 mile marker at 3 a.m. today when he saw two women in a confrontation in the parking lot. He separated the two in an attempt to avoid an escalation. 33 year old Sara Henderson, who was obviously intoxicated, refused to calm down, however and continued to yell loudly and attempt to attack the other woman who told the officer she was just trying to calm Henderson when the altercation took place.
Deputy Claudy warned her numerous times to stop yelling or he would arrest her for disorderly intoxication. She then began to yell at both the other woman and Deputy Claudy.
Deputy Claudy finally told her she was under arrest and attempted to place her in handcuffs. She pulled away and began to fight, knocking Deputy Claudy’s radio microphone off of his shirt so he could not call for back up officers to assist. She began kicking him violently as he tried to reach his microphone to call for help. He used his pepper spray, spraying her in the face. As he again tried to reach for his microphone, she rubbed her hands on her face and then rubbed pepper spray on Deputy Claudy’s face thus impeding his ability to see well.
He was finally able to reach his microphone and call for help. He managed to hold her on the ground until backup officers arrived. She was taken into custody without further incident.
The other woman on the scene attempted to assist the officer during his struggle, and helped him to rinse the pepper spray from his eyes afterward.
At Mariner’s Hospital, Henderson told the emergency room staff that she purposefully rubbed the pepper spray into the deputy’s eyes. Deputy Claudy did sustain an injury to one eye which will require follow up treatment.
Henderson was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of his means of communication and resisting arrest with violence. She was booked into jail.