Woman tries 'to fight everyone' at Kingsport apartments; subdued by neighbors, police pepper spray

Rain Smith • Aug 31, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A Kingsport woman was subdued with pepper spray on Friday after she allegedly cussed and kicked police officers called to a disturbance at an apartment complex.

According to an incident report from Kingsport Police, the woman was "trying to fight everyone" at the apartments, and was held on the ground by neighbors until officers arrived.

Police were called to 1000 Stongate Road, Apartment No. 16, at about 2:50 a.m. In a breezeway they found several residents of the complex holding down a fellow tenant, Katie Elizabeth Simonton, 21.

According to police, the neighbors stated Simonton had been trying to fight everyone. Police observed she was "extremely intoxicated and combative."

When asked how much she had to drink, Simonton allegedly told officers, "I'm (expletive) drunk you (expletive)."

The report says officers helped Simonton to her feet and took her to her apartment. In the living room she became even more loud and combative, according to police, and kicked one of the officers. It was at this point she was placed under arrest.

Police say Simonton then began screaming that there was "weed" in her bedroom that she wanted to show police. Indeed, a plastic baggy with green leafy substance was recovered in the bedroom, along with a pipe.

Located on the kitchen counter, and in plain view, were two digital scales littered with marijuana residue and seeds.

Police say Simonton was escorted, "kicking and screaming" to a cruiser. She refused to sit down, and resumed kicking at officers.

Police report that, "when Simonton finally sat down," she began kicking a window of the cruiser. When asked to stop she refused, and a, "one second burst of pepper spray," was administered to her face.

Police state she then, "immediately complied," with officers.

Simonton was arrested and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, simple possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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