Official: Woman bites, attempts to steal weapon during booking

Official: Woman bites, attempts to steal weapon during booking
Jodi Wheeler. (Source: Gregg County Jail)
Jodi Wheeler. (Source: Gregg County Jail)

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A woman became combative during her booking in to the Gregg County Jail Friday morning. Authorities say the woman bit an officer and attempted to steal a county-issued weapon.

Jodi Wheeler, 29, of Hitchcock, TX, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with her second DWI.

While going through the booking process at the Gregg County Jail, officials say Wheeler became disrespectful and uncooperative.

The arresting DPS Trooper requested that Wheeler be placed into a detox cell.

The Corporal handling Wheeler's booking paperwork ordered Wheeler to the detox tank at least four times, and she failed to comply with the officer's request.

Corporal Latham and the arresting trooper attempted to escort Wheeler to the cell when authorities say she become combative, placing her feet on the doorframe of the detox cell, preventing the officers from placing her in the room.

Officials say Wheeler was tased for being combative.

Several officers stepped up to assist in the containment of the woman.

When officers and jailers attempted to place Wheeler on her stomach to retrieve the taser darts from her back, Corporal Latham says Wheeler kicked him in the groin.

Latham tased Wheeler again, this time in the left shoulder area.

In his arrest report, Latham says Wheeler then grabbed his left hand and bit him.

Another officer let go of Wheeler's right arm to control her head, when Wheeler grabbed Corporal Latham's taser with both hands and attempted to snatch it.

Officers were able to retain control of the taser.

Wheeler was restrained and shackled to keep her from harming other jail staffers.

Wheeler is held in the Gregg County Jail on $12,500 bond. She's charged with assault on a public servant, DWI (2nd), and attempt to take weapon from officer.

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