Two Missouri residents, a 26-year-old Gainesville man and a 30-year-old West Plains woman were arrested on seven charges each Saturday following a traffic stop by Mountain Home police officer Cody Hillicker.
According to an affidavit, Hillicker was on patrol when he stopped an SUV driven by Christopher Jason Lynne for a traffic violation. In the front passenger seat was Talisa Elaine Deshazo.
When the officer made contact with Lynne, Lynne reportedly had a smell of intoxicants emitting from his breath, his eyes were watery and bloodshot, his pupils were constricted and his speech was slurred, according to the affidavit.
Lynne first told the officer he’d had one shot of liquor. After performing a portable breath test with a reading of .12, Lynne reportedly admitted to drinking “enough shots to catch a buzz,” according to the affidavit.
Following a host of other sobriety tests, the officer arrested Lynne. When they go to the jail to perform the stationary blood alcohol test, Lynne reportedly got “irate” and spit in Hillicker’s face. Lynne became argumentative and lunged at Hillicker.
As Hillicker and jailers continued to attempt to book Lynne into the Baxter County jail, Lynne cursed multiple times and reportedly threatened the police officer. He is accused of kicking a table and lunging at the officer a second time.
The decision was made to place Lynne in a restraint chair chair, a decision Lynne did not agree with, according to the affidavit. Hillicker and jailers had to carry Lynne to the restraint chair.
During the time the law enforcement officers were carrying him, Lynne is accused of kicking several of them multiple times.
Lynne was booked on a felony charge of second-degree battery on a police officer and misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, terroristic threatening, refusal to submit to chemical test, driving left of center, no liability insurance and no seatbelt.
Deshazo also was arrested on a felony charge of second-degree battery on a police officer. She faces misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, terroristic threatening, obstructing governmental operations, possession of an open container, resisting arrest and no seat belt.
When the traffic stop began, Hillicker observed Deshazo was asleep and was not wearing a seat belt. When she woke, her speech was slurred, according to the affidavit. The officer said there was an open bottle of whiskey at Desahzo’s feet.
Hillicker ordered Deshazo to exit the vehicle. Deshazo declined. Hillicker reportedly ordered Deshazo out of the vehicle multiple times, with her declining each order, according to the affidavit.
Eventually, Hillicker told the woman she was under arrest for obstructing governmental operations. Hillicker waited for the arrival of another officer. As he waited, Deshazo reportedly cursed at the officer.
When the second officer arrived, they began the process of removing the woman from the car. Deshazo reportedly punched Hillicker in the mouth, kicked him and yelled at the officers.
Hillicker then reportedly shocked Deshazo with his Taser, a move that reportedly did little to bring Deshazo into compliance. The two officers eventually got Deshazo to the ground where she continued to resist. The officers had to make several attempts to get handcuffs on Deshazo, according to the affidavit.
When they did, Deshazo reportedly spit food at Hillicker and kicked him once more. When they arrived at the jail Deshazo reportedly refused to get out of the patrol car. She reportedly kicked multiple jailers, threatened them and threatened Hillicker, according to the affidavit.
Deshazo walso placed in a restraint chair. Both Missouri residents were held in lieu of $5,000 bonds.
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