A Trinity woman is behind bars after she allegedly assaulted a Onalaska police officer. 31 year-old Erin Verett is being charged with assault of a public servant, resisting arrest, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.
According to Onalaska officer Forrest Tooley, a DPS trooper stopped a vehicle traveling north on FM 356 at Creekside Dr. on April 3. Tooley said that Verrett was in a vehicle following the one that was pulled over. According to Tooley, Verrett was a relative of the driver.
"When the driver was told he would be taken to jail, he asked if he could give [Verrett] money that he had in his possession," Tooley said. "The trooper agreed and asked for Verrett to come forward. When she got out of her car, she took off running into the woods."
Tooley said that the Polk County Sheriff's Office was called on to assist with their K9 unit.
"The deputy was able to locate Verrett," Tooley said. "We moved into assist and that is when she got aggressive. She started to resist and kick at our officer. She also forcefully grabbed our officer."
Tooley said at that point, officers had to move in and tazed Verrett.