LAVERKIN – Just before midnight on Wednesday, LaVerkin Police responded to a report of a fight at a home in LaVerkin. After arriving, they arrested Diana Johnson, 32, of LaVerkin, for being intoxicated and disorderly; however, after her arrest, Johnson was able to free herself from the patrol vehicle and began fighting with officers.
When officers first arrived at the scene, Johnson was intoxicated and began yelling profanities at them, according to a probable cause statement filed by LaVerkin Police Officer Dennis Wolsleger. After getting Johnson calmed down enough to speak with him, Wolsleger told her to stay where she was so he could speak to the other party who had been involved in the fight, who was across the street from Johnson’s residence.
“I observed Diana (Johnson) come out of the house and start to cross the street,” Wolsleger wrote in the statement. “Diana was yelling about her kids not being in bed. Diana was again yelling profanities at us.”
According to the statement, officers again attempted to reason with Johnson and get her to calm down. When Johnson refused, she was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Officers secured Johnson in the patrol vehicle with her hands handcuffed behind her. Wolsleger then returned to speaking with the other party who had been involved in the fight.
When he returned outside, he found that Johnson had moved the cuffs to the front of her body, undid her seat belt and exited his patrol vehicle. She was actively fighting with Washington County Sheriff’s deputies who had responded to assist.
“Diana kicked one of the county officers in the leg and was fighting them all the way back to my patrol vehicle,” Wolsleger wrote in the statement. “Diana was screaming profanities and calling us fags.”
Wolsleger transported Johnson to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. Upon arrival, he found that she had once again pulled the cuffs off of her right arm.
Johnson was charged with escape from custody, a third-degree felony; assault by a prisoner, a third-degree felony; intoxication, a class C misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor.
At the time of this publication, Johnson has been released on $10,570 bail.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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