Deputy dining at IHOP makes arrest for disorderly conduct

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JONESBORO, Ark. – “Come hungry, leave happy” is the slogan for IHOP but one woman did not leave happy early Saturday in Jonesboro. She left in handcuffs.

At about 2:30 AM Saturday, Sept. 14, Deputy Dustin Norwood with Craighead County Sheriff’s Department was seated in IHOP on Caraway Road in Jonesboro. The report doesn’t say what the deputy was eating or if he even had an opportunity to make an order. It just states that the manager, Nicole Perkins, advised him they had a situation at the front of the store.

The manager said an irate customer was using vulgar language and vaguely threatening to “slap” someone. She had been asked to leave but had refused.

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The deputy made his way to the front doors and noticed the customer who was said to be irate. She seemed to fit the description to Norwood, as he described her as loud and belligerent as she was directly in the front entrance area to the establishment.

“My initial observation of the belligerent female was that she was unsteady on her feet, she had bloodshot-watery eyes, she was angry and shouting, and she had the odor of intoxicants coming off of her person,” Norwood said. “Also, the group she was with was attempting to get her to leave, but she was refusing.”

Realizing pancakes are not worth this much trouble, the deputy tried to reason with her. He said she refused, continuing to be belligerent and shouting over him. He eventually got to the point of telling her if she did not leave, she would be arrested for her actions. His report states she told him he could not arrest her. He said he kept trying to get her to leave until she dropped a loud F-bomb. That’s when the report said he arrested her.

“During this time, the female was advising her party to let me arrest her, because she was a “L3” or a “3L,” Norwood wrote. “When I asked what she was talking about, she advised she was a third year law school student.”

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Perhaps hoping to get back to his food, the deputy called for a transport unit. He said he escorted the woman, Alisa Angela Samuels, 25, of Jonesboro, back to his patrol unit but he said she continued her belligerence by yelling and refusing to immediately follow directions.

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Samuels was issued a citation for disorderly conduct by the deputy and transported by the other unit to Craighead County Detention Center.

She was released around 11 AM Saturday morning.

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