Woman charged with assault, threatening officers family

Published 11:55 am Tuesday, October 27, 2015

April Lacy

April Lacy

A Roan Mountain woman was arrested Saturday after police said she assaulted another woman and threatened the family of a police officer.
Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested April Dawn Lacy, 48, 162 Townson Road, Roan Mountain, on Saturday afternoon and charged her with public intoxication, simple assault, resisting arrest and retaliation for past action.
On Saturday, CCSD Deputy Johnathan Simerly responded to a complaint of a disorderly person at Em’s Place, located at 6177 Highway 19E in Hampton.
“When I arrived I observed a female, later identified as April Dawn Lacy, on top of another female, later identified as Brenda Dishman, punching her repeatedly in the head area,” Simerly said, adding he saw a male trying to pull Lacy off of Dishman. “I then got out of the car and had to physically pull April off. April was very belligerent and would not cooperate with my commands to sit down.”
To try to diffuse the situation, Simerly had Lacy sit in the back of the cruiser while he spoke with Dishman.
“I also noticed that she was unsteady on her feet with the odor of alcohol emitting from her person,” Simerly said.
After speaking to all of the witnesses present, Simerly returned to the police car to speak with Lacy.
When the officer told Lacy she was under arrest, the woman once again became belligerent, Simerly said, adding she refused to follow directions and began to struggle with him.
After getting written statements from the witnesses, Simerly transported Lacy to the Carter County Detention Center.
“While in route, Ms. Lacy began threatening bodily harm to me and my family, calling my 12-year-old son by name, stating she was going to ‘bash his head in,’” Simerly said.
When they arrived at the jail, Simerly said Lacy again refused to comply with orders and had to be physically removed from the police car and escorted inside the detention center.
Lacy appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday where she was arraigned and her case reset.

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