A local Kansas lawmaker fell far short of representing her constituents professionally and is now facing felony charges.
Huron City Councilwoman Carol Fowler allegedly bit a corrections officer’s thumb so hard, she broke a bone. And that came after the aggressive fight she put up when she was arrested on an outstanding warrant, KSHB reported.
The 48-year-old was arrested June 29 on a warrant for failing to show up in Atchison County District Court on charges from December of being a pedestrian under the influence and interfering with law enforcement.
But Fowler did not go quietly.
She put up enough of a physical fight during her arrest that she was tased after allegedly kicking, hitting and scratching deputies, Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie told the Atchison Globe.
Although the deputies suffered superficial injuries, with one of them bleeding from the altercation, they did not need medical attention.
A few days later, while in custody, Fowler became aggressive again as she refused to follow instructions during the booking process. When Atchison County Jail staff tried to remove her jewelry and personal items, she allegedly bit one of the officers on the thumb – hard enough to break the bone.
“They had five officers in there and it was a struggle for all of them to get her to comply,” Laurie said. “She was able to (get) a hold of one of the correction officer’s thumbs with her teeth and actually broke the bone in his thumb.”
The councilwoman is now facing more charges due to the multiple incidents.
She was charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and interfering with law enforcement from what transpired at her home during the arrest. One of those charges is a felony count because of the officer’s bloody injury.
A court appearance on Monday to face the charges was rescheduled because of her emotional and physical condition, county attorney Jerry Kuckelman told the Globe. Fowler now faces three felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer charge and a charge of interference with law enforcement, according to the Globe.
Fowler is one of five council members and is still listed as a member of the Huron city council, according to the Atchison County website. She won the seat with just two votes in a November 2017 election in the town with a population of 73, according to the Atchison Globe.
The County website doesn’t list party affiliation but there has been no shortage of questions about Fowler’s party of choice.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 11, 2018
According to Heavy.com, “a check with the Kansas elections website shows that Carol Fowler is listed as an ‘unaffiliated voter.’ Ten elections are listed under her election voting history.”
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