Austintown police report being kicked, spit on during separate OVI arrests
Austintown Police Officers say they were kicked and spat upon during separate arrests of two women accused of drunk driving.
An officer was called to the end of 76 Drive just after 1 a.m. Saturday after a car drove into a wooded area.
Police say they found the driver, 27-year-old Kendall Sparks of Hubbard, along with her pet ferret in the car.
Sparks was taken to the township police station after they say she performed poorly on a field sobriety test.
According to the police report, Sparks was handcuffed to a bench when she became aggressive, spitting into an officer’s face and kicking in the legs several times.
Police booked Sparks into jail on charges of assaulting a police officer, operating a vehicle under the influence, and failing to maintain control of her vehicle
The ferret was turned over to a humane agent.
Late Sunday night, police spotted an SUV at the Austintown 911 Memorial Park that fit the description of a vehicle that allegedly struck a stop sign earlier.
According to police, 39-year-old Sheila Leith of Boardman told officers that her juvenile son had been driving.
The son, whose juvenile sister was also in the SUV, denied that he had been driving.
Police say Leith failed a field sobriety test and kicked offices and spit in their faces as she was arrested.
Officers placed a net over Leith’s face to protect themselves from being spat upon as they took her to the hospital where they say she refused to submit to blood and urine tests.
Leith was then booked into county jail on two counts of endangering children, two counts of assault on a police officer, OVI and driving with a suspended license.