Woman Jailed


Payson police officers had their hands full when they responded to a disturbance at Famous Sam's Sunday night.

When all was said and done, 50-year-old Christine D. Blades of Round Valley was under arrest for aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and DUI.

According to Lt. Don Engler, officers were called to the sports bar after employees repeatedly asked Blades to leave.

"Ms. Blades was apparently upset over being asked to leave and threw her beer on the bartender," Engler said.

Officers arrived in the parking lot and observed Blades attempting to leave in a van.

"She drove up on the sidewalk and almost hit a block wall," Engler said.

Blades was stopped on suspicion of drunk driving.

"Upon completion of the DUI investigation, Officer Don Kasl placed Blades under arrest," Engler said.

However, Blades became uncooperative and began kicking officers Kasl, Allen Dyer and Reed Watson.

"Her disorderly behavior continued after being restrained and placed in the back of a patrol car," Engler said. "She was kicking the interior of the car and remained combative when placed in a jail cell."

Engler said none of the officers were injured.

Arizona laws are designed to protect law enforcement officers and make it a felony to assault a peace officer.

What may be a simple misdemeanor assault becomes "aggravated" when it is committed on an officer in the performance of duty.

Blades was released from jail the following morning on her own recognizance.

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