Woman arrested after authorities allege she spit in eyes of deputy


A woman arrested Aug. 16 after allegedly spitting in the eyes of an Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy is facing felony and misdemeanor charges.

According to the affidavit of probable cause for arrest, deputies responded to a complaint of a disturbance in progress. The caller told the dispatch center that a woman was “currently breaking windows out of a car, and striking complainant’s son with both hands and a stick,” the affidavit said.

Before the deputies arrived, dispatch advised them that the woman — identified in court documents as Michelle D. Reins, 50 — was now throwing rocks and kicking the front door of the residence.

When deputies arrived, they reported in the affidavit that Reins was uncooperative and appeared intoxicated.

Deputies determined Reins did not live at the residence, and she had driven herself there to confront the complainant’s son, the affidavit said. The court documents also allege Reins said she was “ready to die,” but she denied she was suicidal.

After an ambulance was contacted to offer service to Reins, the affidavit said Reins attempted to get into her car until deputies had to intervene to stop her.

At that point, Reins was arrested for public intoxication, but during the course of the arrest, the court info alleges she kicked a deputy multiple times and spit into his eyes. The deputy was treated at White River Medical Center.

Reins is facing one Class D felony charge of aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility. The offense is punishable by up to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine of $10,000 — or both a fine and imprisonment.

She is also charged with two misdemeanors: resisting arrest and public intoxication. Her bond was set at $20,000.

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