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HS teen who allegedly attacked officers Dec. 25 faces new charge

by Steven Mross | March 29, 2023 at 4:03 a.m.
Jnae Rachelle Davies - Submitted photo

A Hot Springs teen arrested Christmas night after allegedly taking her mother's SUV without permission and assaulting Hot Springs police officers was served Monday with an additional felony warrant for injuries caused to a deputy at the jail.

Jnae Rachelle Davies, 18, who lists a Bellview Street address, was served with a warrant for second-degree battery, punishable by up to six years in prison, while being arraigned around 1:30 p.m. Monday in Garland County Circuit Court on the original charges from the alleged incident on Christmas.

Davies was originally arrested Christmas night on two counts of second-degree battery, each punishable by up to 10 years, and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, punishable by up to six years, and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental operations.

She was released on Dec. 31 on a $10,000 bond and on March 3 at a review hearing in Garland County District Court the two battery charges and one of the aggravated assaults were withdrawn while the rest were bound over to circuit court. She pleaded not guilty to those charges Monday.

Davies was released again later in the day Monday on a $10,000 bond following her arrest on the new battery charge and is set to appear on April 17 in district court.

According to the probable cause affidavit on the battery charge, on Dec. 25, 2022, shortly after 9:30 p.m., Garland County sheriff's Deputy Cynthia Kendall was working her assigned shift at the Garland County Detention Center when she walked into the pre-book area to assist HSPD officers Jacob Palmer and Austin Morphew with a new arrestee, identified as Davies.

Davies was reportedly intoxicated and "unwilling to cooperate" with the officers so Kendall asked her to follow her into the booking area so she could be placed in a cell "until her behavior no longer posed a risk to herself and others."

Davies allegedly refused and when Kendall grabbed her by her hands, which were handcuffed, and attempted to pull her into the booking area, Davies reportedly kicked Kendall in her left knee. Kendall "immediately fell to the ground in severe pain," the affidavit said.

While the HSPD officers were trying to gain control of Davies, Sheriff's Cpl. Aaron Standiford arrived to assist and was able to remove Davies from the room and called for medical assistance.

Kendall was transported by LifeNet to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs where she was treated for the injuries to her knee.

According to the affidavit on the original charges, Officer Palmer had responded to a residence in the 600 block of Fourth Street regarding an unauthorized use of a silver 2020 Ford Explorer and arrived to find the SUV in the driveway.

Palmer spoke to the owner of the vehicle, 47, who stated her daughter, identified as Davies, was in the vehicle and "needed to get out." Palmer and Officer Crook approached Davies who continued to refuse to get out.

Palmer attempted "to gain Davies' cooperation by force," but she began to kick multiple times and became disorderly, he said. Palmer and Officer Nicolas Cato grabbed Davies' legs, pulled her from the vehicle, got her on the ground and took her into custody.

After she was in custody, Palmer noticed he had a cut on his right finger and Cato noted Davies had spit on him, getting spit in his face and mouth. While she was in custody, Davies allegedly began to spit on other officers at the scene and continued doing so as she was taken to a police unit.

While Davies was being placed in the unit, she allegedly kicked Sgt. Joey Williams in the right hand.

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