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Deputies restrain combative woman

Posted: April 16, 2012 - 1:21pm  |  Updated: April 20, 2012 - 8:42am
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An Evans woman became combative early Friday after deputies pulled her vehicle over to find out if she was involved in a single-vehicle wreck.

When she was stopped by authorities, Ophelia Pantera Overton, 19, of the 770 block of Laurel Springs Court, first refused to get out of her vehicle, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Once she was out of the car, Overton then refused several times to put her cell phone on the ground, the report stated, and when a deputy tried to reach for the phone, Overton became combative and pushed him away.

While she was being put on the ground and handcuffed, Overton screamed profanities, spit and tried to kick deputies, the report stated. Deputies then carried her to the back of the patrol car, where she kicked both rear windows off the door frame.

She continued to spit at deputies on the ride to the jail, where she had to be placed in a restraint chair, the report stated.

Overton was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, interference with government property and failure to maintain lane.

She was released from jail Saturday after posting bond set at $8,500.

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Just My Opinion

I am so sorry that the deputies had to put up with that!

We all know that they don't get paid near enough for putting their lives in harm's way..for us. Now they have to put up with some ignoramus SPITTING on them?? Sorry, but I really think that the chick should've stayed at least the entire weekend in jail! Make her think about her stupid actions. I couldn't be a cop...I would've at least spit back at her! And there we'd be...having a spitting contest in the patrol car!

Tsuddeth

Not saying it was okay, but . .

In response to your comment "Just my Opinion" I dont think you should call anyone ignoramus. It's not very nice considering that you have no idea of the nights events that led to this. By no means was she in the right for spitting on the cops, but I doubt that they "feared" for their life from this or her. I am sure they were able to handle her considering that is what they did. You do not know her, nor know what she has been through or what trigged this reaction out of her. I can say that she is genuinely sorry about her actions that followed after she was stopped that night. I am not saying that its an excuse for her to act out in the way that she did, or that she should not be held accountable for her actions. But she knows that she was in the wrong. I am just saying before you make such a comment you should rather know the WHOLE story before hand. She is not perfect, but i think that they would much rather deal with someone who spat on them rather than someone shooting them, or much worse that could happen to ANY officer. As well, she basically did spend the whole weekend in jail and had plenty of time to dwell on her "stupid" actions being this happen late thursday night and she was not released until saturday evening. Just remember that you can not change anything that happen and you are no better a person for lashing out, no one is to judge, leave that for God to do.

fatboyhog

Bleeding hearts drive me insane...

"You have no idea of the nights events that led to this"....are you serious???? Who cares? She was willfully disobedieant, spit, kicked, cursed, and kicked out the windows of the patrol car. Had the officers "spanked her behind", they'd have been totally justified. Have you ever tried to restrain someone who was combative? You seem to know her. Was she drunk? High? Does she have anger issues? Spitting is nasty. If she spat at me, she'd have been spitting blood, because I'd have smacked her right in the mouth. Then her shirt would have gone over her head so that she couldn't spit anymore. "Ignoramus" is too polite a word, but the real word that's needed to describe her would get me a nasty gram from the administrator. I hope she's sentenced to hours upon hours of cleaning patrol cars for community service.

Tsuddeth

fatboyhog

You are no better than "Just my opinion" and i will make sure to say a prayer for you that you do not treat your mother that way! Or hit any women!

fatboyhog

Tsuddeth

Put yourself in a man's shoes and get treated like a man...when you are going out of your way to harm an officer, all bets are off. Kick, spit, and resist arrest, and I will do whatever I legally need to do to take you into custody. Women can hurt or kill officers just as quick as a male suspect can. Pray for me all you wish, but I think you need to save your prayers for your friend. She needs them more than I do. And, I'll make sure to pray for you as well. It appears that you are an enabler. Keep making excuses and coddling your friend, and don't be surprised when this, or worse, happens again.

raul

Taps

The deputies should have played Taps on her head with a billy club.

Riverman1

There's Something Wrong With Her

That's not a normal reaction to a traffic stop. Treat people with respect and you don't find yourself in jail. Is there a mug shot of her? I'm curious.

fatboyhog

I'm looking RM...I know who

I'm looking RM...I know who she is, just can't find the jail photo, yet!

raul

Check Facebook. Haven't seen

Check Facebook. Haven't seen her on Jail Report, yet.

fatboyhog

I found the Facebook picture,

I found the Facebook picture, but can't verify if that's the same Ophelia Overton. I think it is. But I wouldn't post it, in the event it's the wrong person.

AutumnLeaves

Combative woman spits on officer.

If the woman intentionally spit on anyone, especially an officer, it should be considered assault, now more than ever with certain deadly diseases spreading by bodily fluids. People need to be educated that this could be a deadly threat. This aberrant behavior should not be treated lightly. Spitting has been considered a prosecutable offense for a lot longer than our court system has been around and should continue to be. We should also educate people, young and old, regarding the law and health issues on this matter.

juantez

The Other Side

If this young lady had been black the out come would have been different..beat down,taser gun would have been used.
Just saying..

SAPCS

What a classy little lady!

Spitting on someone is the ultimate act of disrespect.

Agreed, Juantez. And there wouldn't be anyone trying to justify her actions, either.

Sweet son

Agree with Fatboy

When you hit, spit and kick me all bets are off. When this situation was over the score was:

Sheriff - 1

"Evans Woman" - 0

I really believe the author of this article was generous in calling her a "Woman."

fatboyhog

I love how people speculate

I love how people speculate as to what would have happened "if this young lady had been black." Really? What an ignorant and uniformed statement that is. Some people like to stir up trouble where there is none.

Sweet son

Fatboy Right On!

The only race to be considered here is disg'race' for what the "woman" did to the Sheriff's Deputies!!!

Just My Opinion

Tsuddeth...

As far as my use of the word "ignoramus" for your friend/family member, please look it up and see if her spitting at a police officer doesn't fit the bill. And I think I was being on the kind side when I chose that word...it could've been much worse. Just from reading this article, nobody knows the whole truth, so we are inclined to base our opinions on what we do know, and that is from the article. Now, if this is your friend/family member and you feel led to enlighten us and give us more information that may sway our opinion, then I think you have a duty to do so. Otherwise, be prepared to expect people to think little of your friend/family member. I would think that 99% of the people reading this would be on the side of the police. I do hope that she has seen the error of her ways with this situation. One more thing...you wrote "...but i think that they would much rather deal with someone who spat on them rather than someone shooting them, or much worse that could happen to ANY officer."??? Personally, I think the police would much rather deal with someone who treats them with RESPECT. They deserve that.

Riverman1

It's Possible Something Was Wrong With Her

It could be she has some kind of mental problem. But that's why I trust veteran officers to make decisions. That could be why he didn't smack her hard. I've seen officers go out of their way to avoid smart alecky people and confrontations. They know how people can be and know when to leave it alone from their years of experience. They don't want to create situations. On the other hand, I suspect reserve officers are much more likely to get into situations because of the inexperience. Not knocking them, but just saying...

GodisSoGood

Spitting vs Slapping

As a woman, I will state emphatically that if I spit on another person, I deserve to be slapped....IN THE FACE! She wasn't ignorant....she was stupid! Ignorant implies she didn't know any better, but i would venture to say she does know better,.

smbga

dealing with,.....

just be glad little lady that I am not an officer of the law.

meginlea

Perhaps we don't know everything....

My response to this article and the comments are the same as they would be if this woman was African-American, Chinese-American, Latino, Jewish, European, WHATEVER. From what we read in the article, she acted ridiculous. That is apparent, but what we do not know is ANYTHING else. Perhaps there is nothing else to know. Perhaps she is a bratty child who just wanted to be belligerent, or perhaps something awful happened to her earlier in the night and she was freaking out and not in her right mind. The article says nothing about her being intoxicated, a fact I am sure they would have included had she been under the influence. So it seems reasonable to say that either she was just acting ridiculously childish or SOMETHING AWFUL triggered this reaction. I for one hope it was the former and that she's just immature and needs to grow up a little. I would hate to think that she had gone through something traumatic earlier in the evening that led to such a bizarre reaction. Nonetheless, I am constantly frustrated by people who want to act like they know everything and can make blanket statements about a situation. If you were to find out that earlier in the night the girl had been raped by a friend and was hysterical, not knowing what to do, would you still judge her so harshly for freaking out? Obviously that is an extreme example, but the fact of the matter is we don't know everything.

meginlea

Sayitisntso

People who use excuses

I really feel bad for the officer who had to tolerate these actions. If I'm not mistaken spitting is an assault and I didn't see that charge. And as for what she had been through that night, horseshoot, does what the police officer went through with her make it possible for him to shoot the next traffic stop and be excused, kinda dramatic, but you get my point.

Pleasesayitisntso

qtinbell

Probable Cause???

First of all, nothing excuses this woman's behavior. But the tired excuse that she or her car fit the description of a suspect of a crime is getting old. Well, was she the person in the accident or not? Based on the charges, I'd say NO. Was this officer looking to get a DUI under his belt or what.

Even if there were really an accident, this officer needs to get a good description and make an informed stop. Apparently, no one was injured; it wasn't a major crime. Where is the risk management. Where is the weighing of the clearly poor description, if there really was one? Was it worth stopping this young lady if the officer was not sure it was she involved? Citizens don't need the inconvenience of shoddy police work.

This person should not have even been stopped in the first place. What followed later would never have happened either. I hope the leadership investigates this supposed single vehicle accident. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I'm just sayin"...

It appears that many of you will back your local law enforcement even if there actions are suspect. Yes, they do difficult, dangerous work. But that doesn't give them carte blanche to violate people's rights-- even if it makes you feel safer.

I hope that this young person gets herself come anger management and a good lawyer. If she does both, she may come out of this OK.

fatboyhog

RE: Probable Cause???

qtinbell asks/states:"Well, was she the person in the accident or not? Based on the charges, I'd say NO. Was this officer looking to get a DUI under his belt or what."

Fatboy responds: This person was charged with "failure to maintain lane." I don't know if she was involved in an accident or not, but that is a charge that is used for accidents. So, she could have been. I don't know. Wasn't there. Accident reports are not "public record".

qtinbell states: "Even if there were really an accident, this officer needs to get a good description and make an informed stop. Apparently, no one was injured; it wasn't a major crime. Where is the risk management. Where is the weighing of the clearly poor description, if there really was one? Was it worth stopping this young lady if the officer was not sure it was she involved? Citizens don't need the inconvenience of shoddy police work."

Fatboy responds: Officers oftentimes respond to calls based on descriptions that are given to them, either from a dispatcher or a citizen. Who knows what the Deputy was told? Dispatch tapes would clear that up. However, to you it wasn't a major crime. What if she struck your mailbox, or ran into a power pole, or damaged your property. Would you like the police to say, "sorry, it's not a MAJOR crime." Officers respond to calls for assistance. Officers can't just pick and choose what they are going to respond to. Should they not stop a possible theft suspect if a car that is similar, but not exactly as described, passes them by? It's not shoddy police work, it's called "investigating." Had this young lady just complied, and the officers found that it wasn't the vehicle, she could have gone about her business. You also go on to say (in your next paragraph) that she should have never been stopped. How do you know this? How do you know what went on? Like I said, had she complied, and the officers found no evidence of a crime, she would have been on her way. Even if you don't feel like you have been properly pulled over, arguing it on the roadside IS NOT the proper way to handle it. If you refuse to cooperate, I am going to assume that something is up and I am going to try and find out.

qtinbell says: "It appears that many of you will back your local law enforcement even if there actions are suspect. Yes, they do difficult, dangerous work. But that doesn't give them carte blanche to violate people's rights-- even if it makes you feel safer."

Fatboy responds: Which one of her rights was violated? You do understand that driving is a privilege and NOT a right correct? Merely stopping someone does not violate anyone's constitutional rights. However, IF the the stop was improper, an arrest arising from the stop may be unconstitutional and evidence may be suppressed during the trial process.

I will back law enforcement 99% of the time, because I have dealt with situations like this, over the erratic behavior of someone who fights, spits at, and destroys property. This young person blatantly disrespected the officer, who by all accounts, lawfully stopped the car. Again, if she felt like she was being treated improperly, fighting the police on the side of the road isn't the proper way to handle the situation.

You make lots of assumptions here. Are you knowledgeable about the case? Can you shed any light as to why she acted the way she did? Do you know her past history with the criminal justice system? Do you know what, if any, issues she has with law enforcement?

Bottom line is...if you put yourself in a position to get locked up, you probably will. There is a right time and place to address grievances. Are the occasions that you may be stopped by the police and you didn't deserve to be? Maybe. In a society like ours it happens. Officers are sworn to uphold the law, keep the peace, and investigate crimes. You should be glad that there are men and women who are willing and able to defend YOU against criminals.

qtinbell

Fatboy, if the the person is

Fatboy, if the the person is suspected of an accident, then pull them over and investigate. Why is she being tailed, hence the notice of not maintaining lane.

You too make a lot of assumptions as well as unsubstantiated percentages. Are you it's not 99.9%. One would think you knew this officer.

And YOU should be glad that I protect this country and have been for 25 years. But I don't need to be defended vigorously every time me or my comrades are criticized. I can admit that my fellow pilots could have dropped a bomb on innocents. It happens. There is always uncertainty. I don't jump to their defense and say that 99% of naval aviators follow proper procedures. How do you or I know that the individual in question is not the 1% that you calculated.

A whole lot of people put their lives on the line. A lot of non-law enforcement officers cannot afford to have bad days. The next time you board a plan, be sure to thank the pilot and crew. He or she cannot have a bad day. Nor can the school bus drivers. My point is everybody is doing great work, so they are not better than or deserve more cudos than everyone else.

Just My Opinion

meginlea...

I had a hard time following your comment. You said "From what we read in the article, she acted ridiculous.". Okay, I understand that. But later you went on to indicate frustration when people "..can make blanket statements about a situation." and not know all that was involved. So, are you saying that people shouldn't EVER make a comment based on the information they are given because there COULD be more information which would alter that initial opinion?? I don't get that. Besides, I cannot think of ANY type of horrific situation that would justify the constant spitting upon anyone...even a criminal! Moral, civilized, and mature people just don't do that. People who know better just don't do that...hence my using "ignoramus". Okay...let's say the poor girl was raped or beaten...then I can excuse her spitting a couple of times on her attacker. But this is a policeman who was in a position of authority, and who did nothing to provoke this attack! Come on.

GaStang22

Hey, qtinbell

"Fatboy, if the the person is suspected of an accident, then pull them over and investigate. Why is she being tailed, hence the notice of not maintaining lane."

Uhhhhh, maybe the car fit the color description while he was "tailing" it to get a closer look to see if it was the right type of car, she did not maintain her lane. Lot's of people especially ones under the influence or just plain nuts, gets pretty nervous when a cop gets behind them and they try so hard to drive correctly, they mess up. None of us know the details!!! Why are you so quick and so sure all of this wasn't on the up and up?? You say you aren't a conspiracy theorist, yet you sound like one. Either that or you have a lot of contempt for officers for an unknown reason.

"My point is everybody is doing great work, so they are not better than or deserve more cudos than everyone else."

This seems to explain the contempt....a little green are we?

fatboyhog

qtinbell, who said she was

qtinbell, who said she was being tailed? And if she was being tailed, as you call it, that's one way that probable cause is established. Like I said, a "failure to maintain lane" charge can be issued as an at-fault charge in the event of an accident. And, you are familiar that there was an accident report filed, correct? And, you are familiar that she was charged with DUI and Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License, right?

The officer conducted a lawful stop, and this young, allegedly intoxicated, female fought the law. And the law won.

GaStang22

SMH @Tsuddeth

Just because you are her friend does not mean she doesn't deserve every word spoken about her. You must be one of her teen friends to not understand how nasty spitting is. She is lucky she was not charge with assault and battery of an officer, aggressive or aggravated harassment or whatever it is in GA. Could have been a felony which she would deserve 100% and could really hurt her in the long run.

Do you not comprehend how offensive spitting on someone is?? In your world it may just be a little disrespectful, to strangers and especially the lowlifes and drug addicts officers deal with it can be life threatening. How do they know if the suspect has aids, TB, or any other dangerous disease. Then they have to go for testing, possibly shots, and the worry this moron may have given them something ajax can't clean off!! She and all of you that know her should be thankful all she got charged with was what she did.

And to all the rest who are appalled at the slapping comment. Woman or not, spit on someone you deserve to be punched in the face, maybe you will learn some respect for your fellow citizens your parents may not have taught you! And I am a woman saying this. My kids before preschool know spitting on someone is cause for a spanking, as an adult, yeah, punch in the face is absolutely justified!!! A slap is a warning shot!!!

GaStang22

juantez and sapcs

Save that bull for someone else. Ha nothing to do with her color, maybe a little more restraint was used due to her gender and age....not race. Save that bull for when its warranted.

And sapcs....... they only one trying to justify her actions is a friend or family member. That is obvious to anyone with common sense and reading comprehension skills. Your comment is ridiculous.

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