Woman chokes Palm Bay officer in police station

Published On: Jul 16 2014 07:15:46 AM EDT
PALM BAY, Fla. -

A woman who was recently placed under arrest reportedly slipped out of her handcuffs and choked a Palm Bay police officer.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports inside the booking room of a Palm Bay police station, the woman slipped one of her hands out of handcuffs, got behind an officer and choked her with the handcuffs, pulling her to the ground.

Police say Jeannie Yvonne Poff, 42, told them she wasn't trying to escape, she blacked out because she was high on crystal meth.

Poff was arrested last Monday after officers found her in a vacant home on Upland Avenue. She was with Eldon Shultz, 51, who told police he met the woman the night before on San Fillippo Drive.

Police looked inside the house and found Poff curled up underneath a window, trying to hide. While searching the home to make sure nobody else was inside, they found a Natural Ice beer can with marijuana on top of it.

When she first spoke to police, Poff identified herself as "Lisa Leigh Sloan." Police say after she was photographed at the station, she was able to get out of her handcuffs and attack the officer. Other officers came to remove Poff, using a Taser on her in the process.

Police interviewed her after the attack. She told them her real name and police found she was on felony probation for possession of a controlled substance, and had an active warrant for failing to appear in court.

Records show Shultz was booked on charges of loitering or prowling, possession of cannabis and possession of paraphernalia. Poff was booked on all the same charges, as well as attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, violation of felony probation, resisting officers with violence, resisting without violence, and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer upon arrest.


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