A Kansas councilwoman fought deputies so much she had to be tased, and then she bit a jail officer’s thumb so hard it broke the bone, authorities said.
Carol Fowler, 48, is on the council in the small town of Huron, Kansas, population 73, according to The Kansas City Star. She was elected in November of 2017 with two votes.
On June 29, Atchison County Sheriff’s Office Deputies went to Fowler's house to arrest her on an outstanding warrant. The warrant, according to the Atchinson Globe, was on charges of being a pedestrian under the influence and interference with law enforcement.
When they tried to take her in, deputies said, she kicked and hit and scratched them, to the point where she needed to be tased. The deputies suffered minor injuries but didn't need medical attention, even though she made one deputy bleed. She was taken to jail.
On July 2, the deputies attempted to finish the booking process. Officers in the jail attempted to get Fowler to remove her jewelry and other personal items, but she refused. Instead, she allegedly bit a deputy on the thumb.
Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie told MSC News that the injury was serious.
"They had five officers in there and it was a struggle for all of them to get her to comply," he said. "She was able to (get) a hold of one of the correction officer's thumbs with her teeth and actually broke the bone in his thumb."
The deputy, Laurie said, is going to need continued treatment.
Fowler is unsurprisingly facing a plethora of charges for her alleged shenanigans. She was supposed to be in court on July 2, according to The Kansas City Star, but she couldn't because of her emotional state, her lawyer, Jerry Kuckelman said.
Kuckelman told MSC News that Fowler has been charged with two counts of battery on law enforcement from the June 29 incident, one of which is a felony because it involved blood, and another count of interfering with law enforcement. For the jailhouse attack, he said, she'll likely face another battery charge.
She's currently being held on a $25,343 bond, the Star reported. Fowler is still listed on the county website as a council member as of Wednesday.
[Photo: Atchison County Sheriff’s Office]