Atlanta Police Lt. Hits Officer Directing Traffic, Bites Him During Arrest
Atlanta, GA – A 23-year veteran of the Atlanta police department was locked up after she tried to run over an officer directing traffic on Friday and then bit him as she resisted arrest.
The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. on April 10 as Atlanta Police Officer Joel Paul Curtis Richardson was worked off-duty directing traffic at a Wells Fargo bank off Camp Creek Parkway, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Officer Richardson tried to give traffic directions to a woman who refused to comply with his order.
The driver – later identified as off-duty Atlanta Police Lieutenant Sharonne Steed – ignored the officer’s directions and eventually bumped her personally-owned vehicle into Officer Richardson, WXIA reported.
After that, the officer tried to remove Lt. Steed from her vehicle but she fought him.
Lt. Steed bit the officer on the hand as she was resisting arrest, WXIA reported.
Afterwards, she identified herself as an Atlanta police official and supervisors were called to the scene to sort out the mess.
Fulton County Jail records revealed that multiple felony warrants were issued for Lt. Steed after she attacked the officer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The lieutenant turned herself in on April 14 was arrested and charged with obstruction, aggravated assault, and violation of oath by public officer, WXIA reported.
She was transported to the Fulton County Jail and held without bond, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lt. Steed, who joined the police force in 1997, was a supervisor at the Atlanta police’s Airport Precinct before she was arrested.
Atlanta Police Department Spokesman Carlos Campos said Lt. Steed had been placed on administrative leave pending the adjudication of the charges against her and the completion of an internal affairs investigation, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.
It wasn’t known if Lt. Steed was being paid while on administrative leave.