JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A DUI arrest turned violent Monday night when a woman punched a deputy in the head. That's according to Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt.
Deputies were called to the Little River Marina in Moss Point around 11pm Monday night to investigate a wrecked pickup truck in the parking lot. That's where they found Tina Fay Burks, 47, stumbling around and cursing at bystanders. A witness told the deputies Burks had been spinning her tires in the parking lot, ran over a large wooden post, and got stuck.
Sheriff Britt said the first officer on the scene told Burks to stop cursing and stand silently by her truck. Instead, she decided to charge the deputy, and punch him in the head with a closed fist.
"The officer gained control of the suspect, handcuffed her and placed her under arrest," Sheriff Britt said. "He did a good job diffusing a situation that could have easily gotten out of control."
Burks, who lives in Gulf Park Estates, was charged with felony assault of an officer, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and misdemeanor driving under the influence 2nd offense. She was released Tuesday morning from the Jackson County Adult Detention Center on $10,000 bail.
If convicted of assaulting the officer, Burks faces up to 30 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The DUI carries a penalty of one year in jail and a $1,500 fine. Resisting arrest is a six month sentence and a $1,000 fine.