A Fairbanks woman who became violent while apparently detoxing from an unknown drug Tuesday was stunned with a Taser and pepper-sprayed in the face after she fought with Alaska State Troopers trying to arrest her.
Laura M. Patterson, 37, is charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest.
According to charging documents, two troopers responded to a Halvorson Road apartment at 5:28 a.m. after Patterson's stepfather reported she was detoxing, behaving irrationally and was on the floor, growling.
Patterson ran into a bedroom when troopers arrived and barricaded the door with her body. Her stepfather told troopers there were firearms in the room, according to the charges.
Patterson then allowed troopers to enter the room after one of them showed her his Taser as a "visual cue." Patterson hit both troopers multiple times as they tried to handcuff her, so they stepped back and tried to de-escalate the situation by talking to her. They tried to handcuff her a second time after it was determined the de-escalation technique would be ineffective, according to the charges.
Patterson continued to hit the troopers, so the Taser was fired at her torso after a verbal warning. She was placed face down on a bed but continued to resist arrest. A Taser was then fired into her buttock after another verbal warning.
Patterson wriggled off the bed and onto the floor and kicked both troopers multiple times on their arms and legs, according to the charges. The troopers eventually placed Patterson in handcuffs, but she wouldn't stop fighting. She was pepper-sprayed in the face after another verbal warning and carried down to the patrol vehicle. Patterson tried to brace her feet in doorways, the stairs and the doorway of the vehicle as she was being carried.
Paramedics followed troopers to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in case Patterson suffered a medical emergency on the way there. Hospital staff removed the Taser prongs from Patterson and sedated her after she was medically cleared.
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