Martinsburg woman accused of biting, kicking police officer

July 14, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman was arrested early Friday after allegedly biting a West Virginia State Police trooper in the arm and kicking the officer in the head during a traffic stop, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Ebony Nicole Taylor, 24, of 400 E. Moler Ave., Apt. 4, in Martinsburg, was charged with a felony count of DUI third offense, as well as charges of fleeing on foot, driving a vehicle left of center, obstructing and battery of an officer, according to court records.

Trooper J.D. Schuessler said in her complaint that Taylor failed field sobriety tests along Wilson Street in Martinsburg, where the trooper had stopped the vehicle she was driving about 4 a.m.

While en route to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department to meet up with another trooper, Schuessler said Taylor, while handcuffed, somehow retrieved a plastic bag and attempted to tie it around her neck.


"Upon opening the back door, Ms. Taylor had slid out the side and attempted to flee," said Schuessler, who caught up with the accused in a driveway after a short pursuit.

Schuessler said Taylor then started shouting "it would be better if I was dead than go to jail," and banged her head off a brick wall and then on the pavement.

At that point, Schuessler said she was able to hold Taylor's head in one arm while she called for additional units.

"Ms. Taylor started to bite me in the arms and lifted her leg and kicked me in the left side of my head" before Schuessler said she fully restrained her.

Schuessler said Taylor fell asleep shortly after another trooper arrived to assist her.

Bond for Taylor was set at $16,100, according to court records.

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