A routine traffic stop New Year's Eve that ended on the Stop & Shop parking lot turned a little rowdy for Helena-West Helena Police Department's Sgt. Matthew Jarrett according to police reports.
Around 7 p.m. Jarrett observed a dark colored pickup truck fail to stop at the intersection of Baringo and Ladino streets. The driver of the truck did not stop even after Jarrett turned on his lights and siren.
The truck eventually stopped on the store parking lot. The female driver exited the vehicle and began to approach the police cruiser. According to his narrative, Jarrett ordered the driver to stop and return to her vehicle. She stood outside the truck and began cursing and yelling.
The report continued that the woman provided Jarrett her license and proof of insurance while continuing to spew profanities. Jarrett had dispatch to check the license plate and the driver was identified as Shelita Bridget. Her driving status was determined to be valid with no active warrants.
Cpl. Troy House and Cpl. Amos Bryant arrived as backup. While writing the citation, Jarrett, according to his report, asked Bridget one last time to stop cursing and calm down. She resisted being cuffed and was OC sprayed and finally cuffed. She was transported to the Helena-West Helena Fire Department for detoxification. Bridget was later transported to police headquarters for processing.
Bridget faces charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct failure to comply, no seatbelt and failure to stop at a stop sign.
A district court date was set for Feb. 7.