Franklin County

Woman charged with DUI is accused of biting, kicking and clawing officers

Darlane Besand is accused of drunken driving, wanton endangerment, several counts of assault, and other charges.
Darlane Besand is accused of drunken driving, wanton endangerment, several counts of assault, and other charges. Franklin County Regional Jail

A woman was arrested Sunday morning after she allegedly attacked numerous police officers, including kicking and biting them.

Shortly before 5 a.m., a vehicle was reported traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on Interstate 64 east of the Waddy exits,, the Franklin County Sheriff Office said in a Facebook post. A deputy caught up to the vehicle traveling five miles farther east and stopped it. The driver, Darlane Besand, appeared to be extremely drunk and became hostile when police tried to arrest her, according to the Facebook post.

One deputy was bit on the forearm as police tried to handcuff her, according to the Facebook post. Besand was pepper-sprayed and then arrested. She was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance and a blood test. She refused the blood test, and she screamed and made obscene gestures at the nurses and doctors, the Facebook post read. Besand kicked one officer in the stomach and clawed another officer’s hand during another handcuffing attempt. When police tried to place her back in the police cruiser, she kicked an officer again.

Besand was charged with six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, four counts of third-degree assault of a police officer, driving under the influence, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, driving without insurance, resisting arrest, driving with expired registration plates, no registration receipt.

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