Suspect kicks officer during investigation

A Ruston woman was arrested Friday afternoon after she allegedly damaged property of a family member and then assaulted the arresting officer.

Ruston Police were called to an Arcadia Drive residence regarding a report of property damage. The caller told responding officers that her sister Mary S. Esparza, 65, had battered her the previous night. She also said Esparza had damaged the exterior of a travel trailer which had been caught on video. 

Esparza was awakened and placed in handcuffs. After she said she needed to use the bathroom, she was unhandcuffed. After an officer directed her to wash her hands, she threw water from the sink onto the officer. 

Once Esparza was handcuffed again, she kicked the officer. She was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked for simple criminal damage to property, criminal mischief, battery of an officer, and simple battery. 

Bail was set at $4,500.

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