Police Blotter: Woman accused of battering deputies

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

A 26-year-old woman is accused of pushing and kicking deputies after being forcefully removed from the catwalk at AJ’s Bar, 116 Harbor Blvd.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies working an off-duty detail were asked to remove Lori Smith Priest of Centreville, Miss., from the bar on May 9 around 3 a.m., according to the report. Security officers told deputies that Priest was resisting security officers’ attempts to remove her from the catwalk.

Deputies approached her and asked, then told, her to leave, but she refused. Deputies attempted to detain her, noting that she was “very intoxicated.”

She tried to push deputies away with her elbow and began pulling away, according to the report. Deputies got her handcuffed and began escorting out of the bar.

She began kicking at a deputy’s legs and tried to trip him by squeezing his left leg between both of her legs, the report said. The deputy was able to get free and Priest was placed in the back of a patrol vehicle.

While on the way to jail, Priest began to hit her head on the window. The deputy stopped to reposition her in the vehicle, and she allegedly kicked him multiple times, apparently attempting to kick him in the groin.

She is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence.

Her next scheduled court date is June 16.