DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A woman already being arrested on charges of Drunk Driving is now charged with Felony Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer after kicking a detention deputy while being booked in the Walton County Jail.
While driving west on U.S. Highway 98 early Sunday morning, a Walton County Sheriff’s deputy observed a white Infiniti sitting stationary in the east bound outside lane of Highway 98 parked partially on the roadway. The Florida tag matched the description from an earlier call made by a man who advised dispatchers his niece had stolen his car and was intoxicated.
When the deputy activated his lights behind the vehicle Lindsey Wall, 25, exited the driver’s side of the car leaving the door open and was stumbling in the roadway. Wall said she borrowed the vehicle from her uncle and couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. The deputy was given permission to move car off the roadway and when opening the driver’s side door observed three different types of 24 ounce beer cans. The car was in "drive", the emergency brake was engaged, and the key was turned to the "run" position in the ignition.
When asked if she had been drinking Wall told deputies "Yes, just a six pack of beer before I left.” Wall appeared to be swaying, could not focus, and struggled to give deputies her identification. After refusing multiple sobriety checks Wall was subsequently placed under arrest for Driving under the Influence. Wall became increasingly agitated and uncooperative when being told she was being placed under arrest. Dispatchers were forced to call the County Jail to advise an uncooperative subject was being transported to their location.
At 6:30 in the morning deputies entered the Sally port with Wall who refused to follow the commands that Detention Sergeant Georgina Hicks gave her and began kicking Sgt. Hicks in the thigh. Wall was then was placed up against the wall in the vestibule due to her resisting and then tried to bite Sgt. Hicks as she continued to try and kick her and other deputies until she was put into a restraint chair. She was then placed on a 15 minute watch.
“Our detention deputies have a thankless job,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “They work hard and without complaint. This type of behavior towards them and our patrol deputies is inexcusable. They had nothing to do with her choices that night.”
Wall has been charged with DUI, Driving with a suspended license, resisting an officer, battery on a LEO, and resisting an officer with violence.