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Woman who spit on Mitchell Police Officer strikes plea deal

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A Scottsbluff  woman who spit on a Mitchell Police Officer when she was being transported to jail has stuck a plea deal to avoid going to trial.

33-year-old Elizabeth Arnold has pled no contest to a charge of assaulting an officer with a bodily fluid. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped charges of marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no operator's license.

Last month, Arnold was pulled over for speeding in downtown Mitchell. When the officer began the traffic stop, Arnold said she did not have a driver's license. When asked if there was anything illegal in the car, she stated she has a Colorado medical marijuana card, and had 3.5 grams of marijuana in her possession. A search of the vehicle also revealed a hunting knife concealed between the door and the door frame.

The officer said she would be released with a citation, and Arnold stated she wanted to get out of Nebraska and never come back. She was then arrested because she posed as a flight risk.

While she was being driven to the jail, Arnold began yelling, making threats, and slipped out of her seatbelt. The officer pulled over and attempted to put her back in her seatbelt; but she refused and stated she was going to kick the officer.

The officer told her to stop or she would be tasered; Arnold then spat a large amount of saliva and hit the officer in the eyes and went into his mouth.

The officer than Tasered her in a drive stun manner to her bare right upper leg.

As they continued to drive to Scottsbluff, Arnold continued to spit in the back seat of the patrol car. Each time she spat she told the officer she was HIV positive and that he should get checked. She also attempted to kick out the back windows and slammed her head into the partition of the patrol car.

Once at the jail, Arnold was still combative and spat on the officer three more times.

A motion for bond review is scheduled for Friday morning. She will be sentenced on June 18th at 8:15 a.m. in Scotts Bluff County Court.
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