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Fray at local restaurant leads to charges

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Lebanon police charged Jessica Verbeke, 30, of Lebanon, with resisting arrest and public intoxication after an incident at Jack in the Box on Saturday around 9 p.m. in which she threw a drink on a police officer.

A witness report from a Jack in the Box employee said Verbeke entered the restaurant and they believed her to be under the influence of something. 

After noticing cuts and bruises on her face and cheek, the employee called the police because they “believed she was a danger to herself and others.”

According to another witness report, a “belligerent female” approached the passenger side of their car and had “obvious abrasions and a huge knot to her left temple.” She then asked the witness for a cigarette and a ride.

Police on the scene noticed the witness mouth “help me,” so the officer approached the car. Police said either the driver or the passenger of the car did not know Verbeke.

Through talking with Verbeke, police said she told them her injuries were from a wreck two weeks ago, and she then said she walked to Jack in the Box from Silverado’s.

Police said shortly after they arrived, Verbeke started an altercation with officers. Verbeke told officers she had had two beers, and when police approached her she threw a large drink onto an officer’s feet and then began resisting arrest.

Police said Verbeke “began to flail her arms and pull away” when they attempted to apply handcuffs. After attempting to apply handcuffs again, police said Verbeke again pulled her arms away from officers.

Police said they “attempted a straight arm bar takedown, during which the suspect went limp and was lowered to the sidewalk.”

After Verbeke was placed in the police car, police said she began to hit her head against the passenger’s side window. Police said they pushed her into the center of the seat in order to stop her from hurting herself further. 

Wilson Emergency Management Agency then arrived at the scene to provide Verbeke with medical attention.

Police said she was then taken from the police car to an ambulance and she continued to resist the three officers and four WEMA employees assisting her.

Verbeke was put in restraints and then transferred to University Medical Center. She was then transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police arrested Verbeke on Sunday at the Vanderbilt hospital and took her to the Wilson County Jail, where warrants were served to her for resisting arrest and public intoxication.

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