Crime

Tavernier bartender jailed after fighting with woman and deputy, then smearing deputy with pepper spray

How to ruin your three-day Labor Day weekend: Get in a fight at a convenience store while drunk, continue the fight even when police intervene, fight the police officer trying to arrest you, knock his radio microphone from his shoulder, get pepper-sprayed, then rub some of the pepper spray in the officer's face.

That, says the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, is what Tavernier bartender Sara Henderson, 33, did around 3 a.m. Monday.

Spokeswoman Becky Herrin says Deputy Michael Claudy was at the Circle K at mile marker 92 when he saw Henderson and another women arguing in the parking lot. He separated them but Henderson, "who was obviously intoxicated," Herrin said, wouldn't calm down and continued to scream and try to attack the other woman.

Herrin said Claudy warned Henderson "numerous times" to stop yelling and threatened to arrest her for disorderly intoxication. He finally told her she was under arrest and tried to handcuff her.

She pulled away and began to fight, knocking Claudy's microphone off his shirt so he couldn't call for backup. Henderson reportedly then started kicking Claudy, so he pepper-sprayed her in the face. Herrin said that as he tried to reach for his microphone, Henderson rubbed her hands on her face and then rubbed pepper spray on Claudy's face.

He finally reached his microphone and called for help.

Henderson is charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of his means of communication and resisting arrest with violence. She was released from jail on $9,500 bond later Monday morning.

The woman with whom Henderson argued tried to help Claudy during the brouhaha, Herrin said. She didn't say what they were arguing about.

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