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Arkansas woman urinates on officer during traffic stop, police say

By Maggie McNeary

This article was originally published April 20, 2017 at 3:53 p.m. Updated April 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Melissa Karen Tippett


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A Jonesboro woman who was pulled over after careless driving Wednesday night urinated on a police officer who was trying to search her, authorities say.

Melissa Karen Tippett, 48, was driving a gray Ford Taurus without her headlights on around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when police pulled her over for a traffic stop, according to a Jonesboro Police Department report.

When an officer stopped her in the 300 block of State Street in Jonesboro, he smelled an “odor of intoxicants coming from her” and found that her driver’s license had been suspended, the report said. He told Tippett to walk to his vehicle, but while she was walking, “she kept swaying and losing her balance,” police said. The officer said her eyes were “glossy red.”

A second officer attempted to search Tippett before she entered the vehicle. That officer told Tippett to stand in front of the vehicle and spread her feet apart for the search.

“Tippett would not spread her feet apart,” the officer said in the report. “I continued to give her verbal commands to spread her feet apart, and Tippett stated no multiple times.”

The officer pulled Tippett’s feet apart in order to search her.

“As I was searching Tippett began to urinate, and my left hand was soaked in urine,” the officer said.

The first officer put a towel down in his car, then put Tippett in the vehicle, the report said. While in the car, Tippett screamed profanities at police, according to the report.

A Breathalyzer test showed that Tippett’s BAC was .17, double the legal limit, police said.

Tippett faces several charges, including DWI; driving while license canceled, suspended, or revoked; aggravated assault upon a certified law enforcement officer; and careless and prohibited driving, according to the report.

Tippett is being held in the Craighead County jail in lieu of $2,525 bond, police said. A Monday court date has been set.

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titleist10 says... April 20, 2017 at 4:16 p.m.

What a sicko

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BlueEyes says... April 20, 2017 at 4:56 p.m.

She was probably refusing to spread her legs for the search because she had to pee (and knew she couldn't hold it if she spread her legs) - she should have told the officers that. Gross for the officer but charging her with assault over it?

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titleist10 says... April 20, 2017 at 6:58 p.m.

Should have obeyed the law then no problem

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TravisBickle says... April 20, 2017 at 8:19 p.m.

Crazy cat lady.

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nlrar009 says... April 20, 2017 at 8:40 p.m.

BlueEyes, aggravated assault. A felony. She exposed the officer to bodily fluids and potentially a number of diseases. After she is medically tested the charge may be reduced.

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hurricane46 says... April 21, 2017 at 9:58 a.m.

They got some crazy people movin' into Jonesboro these days.

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TheBatt says... April 21, 2017 at 12:38 p.m.

Drunk. I have zero patience and tolerance for drunk drivers.

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