Woman Faces Felony Battery Charge After Altercation With Police in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, Ark. – A Jonesboro woman who was initially stopped for public intoxication is now facing at least one felony charge for battery on a law enforcement officer following a chaotic incident that occurred on Sunday.

The incident took place around 1:53 PM on October 1 near the intersection of Washington and Wilson. Police officers observed a woman in the road whom they suspected to be intoxicated. They approached her, but the individual provided false information about her identity. It was later discovered that the suspect, Tonya Sharity Rodgers, 41, of Jonesboro, was on active probation at the time, as indicated in the police report.

As officers began to search Rodgers’ belongings, she allegedly resisted and engaged in a physical altercation with the police. During the struggle, she bit one of the officers, causing him to bleed. He was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Following the search, police discovered a broken pipe with blood and white residue on the suspect.

Rodgers was subsequently arrested on multiple charges, including felony battery in the second degree, as well as misdemeanor charges for public intoxication, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

She is currently held on a $10,000 bond at the Craighead County Detention Center.

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