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July 1, 2014

Woman arrested for kicking Duncan officer during arrest

DUNCAN — A Duncan woman faces an assault and battery charge on a police officer after allegedly kicking a Duncan officer.

Whitney Elizabeth Levinia Hanson, 20, was arrested Sunday on the assault and battery on a police officer charge and the misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

Duncan officer Joe Lard responded to a call about an intoxicated woman in the alley between 11th and 12th on Park. While on his way to the scene, the officer was notified by dispatch the woman had been seen near the Stripes convenience store at 12th and Bois d’Arc, according to the affidavit.

Based on clothing descriptions, Lard made contact with a woman who was “unsteady on her feet.” The woman identified herself as Whitney Hanson, according to the affidavit.

“Officer (David) Martin arrived on the scene and asked Hanson if she has been drinking alcoholic beverages or consumed any illegal narcotics,” according to the affidavit. “Hanson then became belligerent and began yelling in officer Martin’s face, saying ‘(Expletive) you, you don’t know.’ Officer Martin and I then took Hanson’s arms to place her under arrest.”

As Martin placed handcuffs on Hanson’s left arm, “Hanson kicked me in my left leg directly below the knee,” according to the affidavit filed by Lard. “Officer Martin and I then placed Hanson on the ground, placed her in handcuffs and escorted her to the back seat of officer Martin’s patrol unit for transport.”

Hanson is set to appear in court for her preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Sept. 3. Her bond was set at $5,000.

The charge of assault and battery on a police officer carries a punishment of up to a $500 fine and/or five years in prison. Public intoxication is punishable by five to 30 days in jail and/or $10 to $100 fine.

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