ONALASKA, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Onalaska Police Department arrested a 28-year-old woman after she allegedly ran from them, refused to be handcuffed, and kicked one of them at the Polk County Jail.
Teresa Ann Kirkland, of Onalaska, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a third-degree felon charge of assaulting a public servant and three misdemeanor charges - evading arrest or detention, public intoxication, and resisting arrest, search, or transport. Collectively, her bail has been set at $9,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, two Onalaska PD officers were patrolling the area near Impala Drive and Phillips Road on Nov. 15, when they spotted a person in a light-colored shirt walking around a house and yelling. As they approached in their patrol vehicle, the person ran from them.
One of the officers jumped out of the car and saw a person matching the subject's description running down Lions Circle Drive, the affidavit stated. He ran toward the person who was later identified as Kirkland and ordered her to stop.
When the officer tried to detain the woman until he could find out why she had run from him, Kirkland allegedly kept turning around in an effort to keep him from putting the handcuffs on her, the affidavit stated.
"Ms. Kirkland appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic or other substance," the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, Kirkland admitted that she was intoxicated, but told officers that she was looking for her brother. Her behavior was described as "erratic and dangerous to her own safety." Because of that and the fact that she had allegedly evaded and resisted arrest, the officers took her to the Polk County Jail.
When they got to the jail, Kirkland allegedly became "more belligerent" and refused to comply with simple directions. After one of the officers and several jailers attempted to put Kirkwood in the violent cell for her own safety, she allegedly kicked her right leg backward and struck one of the Onalaska officers in the right shin, according to the affidavit.
It took the efforts of the officer and the jailers to put Kirkland in a restraint chair for violent offenders.