Erratic woman arrested for assaulting officer

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A woman was arrested under the accusations that she assaulted a Jonesboro police officer, spat in his face and resisted arrest.

Around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Jonesboro Police Officer Jeremy Smith was dispatched to the 700-block of Melrose Street for a welfare check of a subject, Sharon Elise Rack, 35, of Jonesboro. A caller had informed police Rack appeared to be suffering from some type of mental issue.

Smith arrived and spoke with Rack, who was relatively calm at first and said she was tired. However, as the officer continued to speak to her, she became more confrontational and asked why he was harassing her. Then, she began to scream and throw items down in the kitchen, along with slamming doors. Since she was only a guest at the residence, the resident asked the officer to remove her and he did – but still did not plan to arrest the woman.

That changed once her fit continued, the report indicates.

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Once outside, Rack reportedly removed her shoes and threw them down while screaming and cursing loudly. She continued using profanity. The woman would not leave the scene, forcing the officer to arrest her for disorderly conduct. She would soon escalate that, as well.

As the officer placed one handcuff on the woman, he reported she advised just to “kill her.” The officer tried gaining control of the woman, who was resisting. Rack tried punching Smith in the face with her right hand – missing – but the handcuff caught the officer in the face, drawing blood. Rack also kicked the officer in the stomach two or three times, Smith reported, while he wrestled her to the ground. Bleeding, the officer placed Rack in the vehicle. He noted she began kicking the windows.

While transporting Rack to the Craighead County Detention Center, she allegedly spat on the officer’s face from the back seat.

Rack is charged with felony second degree battery and felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. She also faces misdemeanor resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges. A screening was recommended to determine mental health or possible drug status.

She remains in Craighead County Detention Center as of 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

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