A Pass Christian Police officer on Monday was assaulted during a traffic stop by a woman who initially refused to give police her name and attempted to walk away from the scene, Pass Police Chief Tim Hendricks said Monday.
According to Hendricks, a Pass PD officer conducted a traffic stop at about 9:30 a.m. Monday near North Street and Clark Avenue.
The driver of the vehicle, Miles Spears, 21, could not produce a valid license, so the officer attempted to see if a female passenger--later identified as Avinna White, 27--had a valid license so she could drive the vehicle, Hendricks said.
White apparently refused to identify herself and became "irate" with the officer, Hendricks said.
A few moments later, both Spears and White exited the vehicle, prompting the officer to ask them to both get back inside, Hendricks said.
White then began walking away from the vehicle, Hendricks said.
The officer attempted to stop her, at which point, she allegedly struck the officer, the chief said.
"The officer deployed a Taser in attempt to get the female to comply and stop resisting," Hendricks said. "Other officers arrived and assisted with the arrest. During the incident, another family member arrived and tried to interfere with the arrest. She was also arrested, but released at the scene. White later advised of medical conditions and was released on the original charge to American Medical Response.
“The officer did not receive any significant injuries."
The officer later learned that Spears had an outstanding warrant through the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, officials said.
Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered drug paraphernalia and a gun inside, the chief said.
"A full investigation into the incident is ongoing," Hendricks said. "It is a common practice to investigate any incidents when an officer is assaulted and force is utilized to affect an arrest."