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Police arrest woman they say kicked, spit on them

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A Connersville woman is charged with battery on police after apparently kicking officers when they investigated her for drunk driving.

Police were called to 5th Street and Eastern Avenue Tuesday evening on a report of a car hitting a pole. 

When Connersville Police Department Lt. Craig Hamilton arrived, a male told him that 22-year-old Brittany Fish was involved in the wreck.

He told Hamilton that his girlfriend had been drinking and he had taken her home. He said they had gotten into an argument and Fish then took off in the car and ran into the pole, according to Hamilton’s report.

While he talked to the male, Hamilton reported that Fish was yelling from the driver’s side of the car. Hamilton stated that he repeatedly told Fish to stop. She allegedly kept yelling and Hamilton told her that she would be jailed if she didn’t shut up. 

Hamilton reported that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol from the car. He asked Fish to exit the vehicle and put her hands behind her back. She did and he handcuffed her but she allegedly kept pulling away from Hamilton and lunging toward the male.

Hamilton put Fish into the back of his police car, where she reportedly began throwing her head against the window of the car and kicking the car door.

Hamilton called for assistance. CPD officers Josh Durstine and Joe Becker, CPD Capt. Chris Scott and Fayette County Sheriff’s Department deputy Dan Becker responded.

Durstine performed a preliminary breath test on Fish, which allegedly came back as .18 percent blood alcohol content, more than two times the .08 percent legal limit for intoxicated driving. Fish then forced her way out of the car, Hamilton reported. She reportedly kicked Scott and Hamilton in the chest as police tried to put her back in the car. Durstine placed leg restraints on her, and according to Hamilton, Fish tried to break free and bite him.

Fish was put back into the vehicle and transported to Fayette Regional Health System. Hamilton reported that Fish fought and screamed while being transported. 

At the hospital Fish allegedly tried to kick, bite and began spitting, Hamilton reported. Doctors ordered nurses to give Fish a sedative and she began to settle down, the report stated. 

Fish was then transported to Fayette County Jail and booked in on the following charges: three counts of battery on a police officer, a Level 6 felony; battery by bodily waste, a Level 6 felony; intimidation, a Level 6 felony; disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor; operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with blood alcohol content over .15, a Class A misdemeanor.