Woman arrested after causing disturbance, assaulting officers

By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff

  A 37-year-old woman was arrested Monday night after she allegedly harassed customers at a local convenience store and assaulted two law enforcement officers.
  Cristen Elizabeth Prince, 37, of 820 Henry Street, Morristown, was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, criminal impersonation and two counts of assault in connection the incident.
  According to reports, Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Douglas Combs was dispatched to the Road Runner Market, 4953 Highway 19-E, Hampton, shortly after 9 p.m. on a report that an intoxicated woman was at the store and was harassing the customers.
  "Upon arrival, I spoke with the store clerk that advised the woman was heavily intoxicated and asking customers for a ride," states Combs in his report. "(The) clerk stated when the customers refused, the woman would become irate and would become very verbally abusive towards the customers."
  The store employee advised Combs that the female subject had left the store on foot prior to the officer's arrival. After a brief search, Combs located a woman matching the description given by the clerk walking in front of Pizza Plus on Highway 19-E in Hampton.
  At that time, the female subject identified herself as Cynthia Alice Prince and gave her date of birth as March 29, 1961, which would make her 43 years of age.
  "Ms. Prince was very unsteady on her feet and her speech was very slurred. Ms. Prince emitted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from her breath," states Combs in his report. "For the safety of Ms. Prince and the public, I attempted to place Ms. Prince into custody. While handcuffing Ms. Prince, she became very irate and refused to get into my patrol vehicle."
  Once Combs was able to get Prince into the back of his police cruiser, she continued to cause a disturbance, according to the officer's report. "Ms. Prince was placed into my vehicle and she began attempting to kick the driver side back window out of my cruiser," states Combs in his report. "I opened the door to try and stop Ms. Prince from kicking and she kicked me in the chest and the side of the face. Ms. Prince was told to stop several times and refused to do so. At this time, for my safety, I sprayed Ms. Prince with a chemical agent with an approximate two second burst to control her."
  At that time, Prince was transported to the Carter County Jail and upon arrival, she was placed into the detox cell to await a female officer to arrive on the scene to search her before she was placed into the general inmate population.
  "When the female officer, Deputy Sarah Ryan, attempted to search Ms. Prince, Ms. Prince swung several times attempting to strike Deputy Ryan in the face," states Combs in his report. "Ms. Prince was controlled and searched. Upon a search of Ms. Prince's personal belongings, a birth certificate and social security card was obtained identifying Ms. Prince as Cristen Elizabeth Prince, date of birth July 28, 1966."
  At that time, Combs additionally charged her with criminal impersonation for giving a false name and he also charged her with two counts of assault for striking both him and Ryan.
  Prince is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 27.