Police: Lufkin woman assaulted 4 police officers

Marquita Higgins (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Marquita Higgins (Source: Angelina County Jail)

Lufkin Police officers Tased a 30-year-old woman after she allegedly went berserk and assaulted several of them when they tried to take her into custody following a disturbance in the 600 block of Weaver Ave. Wednesday night.

Marquita Shamica Higgins, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. She was charged with four counts of assaulting a public servant, a first-degree felony, possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams, which is also a felony, and resisting arrest, search, or transport.

Higgins also had outstanding municipal warrants for no valid inspection sticker, an expired license plate, failure to identify when detained, expired driver's license, and no insurance.

According to the police report, LPD officers responded to a call about a disturbance in the front yard of the residence on Weaver Ave. at 8:26 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found that Higgins was the one causing the disturbance. They also learned that she had five outstanding capias warrants from the Lufkin Municipal Court.

While Higgins was being taken into custody, officers allegedly found that she was in possession of "an off-white rock-like substance that field tests later identified as containing cocaine."

Then Higgins, who was in handcuffs at the time, allegedly braced her feet against the outside of an LPD patrol car in an effort to keep the officers from putting her inside the vehicle. Once the officers got her secured in the back seat, she used her feet to kick at the squad car's side windows, according to the police report.

At that point, the LPD officers opened the doors to the squad car to prevent Higgins from breaking the windows and possibly hurting herself. When they tried to put leg restraints on her, she kicked the officers.

One officer then used a Taser on Higgins's thigh, allowing the other officer on the scene to put the leg restraints on her. After she was again secured inside the patrol car, she was taken to the Angelina County Jail.

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