NEWPORT — Newport police arrested a woman on multiple charges after she allegedly fled an attempted traffic stop, and assaulted officers on Sunday.
Makayla Belmore, 20, of Derby, was arrested and charged with grossly negligent operation, attempt to elude a police officer and five counts of attempted assault on a law enforcement officer.
An officer was patrolling East Main Street near Tavern on the Hill when he noticed a driver known for having had a suspended license pass his location.
The officer began to follow the vehicle and the driver, identified as Belmore, is alleged to have improperly passed a vehicle in front of her.
When attempting to pull her over, police say Belmore fled at a high rate of speed, driving erratically and swerving into oncoming traffic.
Out of a concern for public safety, the officer deactivated his cruiser’s lights and siren and abandoned the pursuit.
Police say the vehicle turned near Buzzy’s Redemption.
The officer then located the vehicle stopped near 74 Eagles Nest Drive, where he recognized Belmore engaged in a verbal argument with another individual.
As officers arrived, they ordered her to the ground and she refused before being restrained and handcuffed.
While being taken into custody she allegedly kicked two officers in the shin and pounded her head on the hood of a cruiser.
She allegedly remained combative while being transported to the Newport Police Department, and at the station, police say she continued kicking or attempting to kick officers and splashing an officer with water from a holding cell toilet.
She is currently being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail.Are you on Instagram? Cool. So are we. CLICK HERE to follow us for a behind the scenes look at Newport Dispatch.