According to an incident report, several officers arrived at 610 N. Third St. at about 2:25 a.m. Friday in response to possible shots fired and an altercation in the parking lot involving several females. One woman was reportedly being very disruptive, cursing and yelling.
She was reportedly advised several times to get in her vehicle and leave by both police and security workers, but failed to do so. She was swearing at police and said she did not have to leave.
According to the incident report, the woman swore at police again, then walked past an officer and hit his left arm with her right hand. She was told she had two seconds to get in her vehicle and leave, and reportedly began to swear again as she walked to the passenger side of a Ford SUV.
At this point, she was told by police that she was under arrest. Then, she quickly got into the vehicle, and, as the officer attempted to grab her, she reportely tried to slam the door on his arm.
The officer then ordered her from the vehicle, repeating the order multiple times, before deploying his Taser and advising her that she would be Tased. She reportedly refused to get out of the vehicle, and the officer holstered his Taser and pulled her from the vehicle, leading to the arrest.
The woman, Candis Ronvette Gaston, 27, of 1413 N. Ninth St., Griffin, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. She was transported to the police station, given a citation, released on an own recognizance bond and given a court date.
At about 2:10 p.m. Thursday, another woman was also arrested after reportedly swearing at and fighting with police in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Police had responded to a call about a possible drunken driver and located the vehicle in the parking lot.
Two women reportedly came out of the store, walking toward the car and were advised of the investigation and asked for identification. Both went into the car to get their identification, but only one produced it. The other woman reportedly closed the driver’s-side door, cried and began to walk away from police and the car.
When asked to stop by police, she reportedly continued to walk away and cursed at the officer. At that time she was advised that she was under arrest and the officer attempted to grab her arm to escort her back to the vehicle.
The woman began to jump and scream and threw herself on the ground, rolling around and kicking at the officer. He made contact with her on the ground and attempted to place her in handcuffs.
Two officers were able to handcuff her and pick her up before she threw herself back on the ground. She was picked up again, but refused to get in the back seat of the patrol car.
Two officers reportedly carried her to the car, where she continued resisting and fighting as she was being placed in the patrol car. Police reportedly advised her that she would be Tased if she continued to resist, and she continued to resist until the officer placed his Taser on her back, between her shoulders, at which time she stopped resisting and was placed in the back seat.
While in the back seat, she began to kick and scream and kicked at the window of the patrol car several times, almost breaking it. EMS was called to check her for injuries as she sustained minor injuries from throwing herself on the ground.
The woman, Tomika Lashay Berry, 27, of 115 Halifax Drive, Griffin, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law enforcement officer and transported to the Spalding County Jail for holding.