An alleged shoplifter faces obstruction and battery charges after authorities say she attacked an Alpharetta police officer during an arrest and threatened to spit on other officers.
Kimberly Harvey allegedly struck Orly Coffey in the face with her knee, forcing the officer to fall to the ground, according to a Jan. 15 police report. Coffey also suffered lacerations to her knees.
Alpharetta police first spotted Harvey, 24, of Stone Mountain, and another woman walking near a Total Wine in North Point Mall, according to the report. As the officer attempted to stop them, Harvey kept walking.
“I told her stop, but she told me she did not do anything wrong,” Alpharetta Officer M. Swerdlove wrote in the report.
A short time later, Coffey saw Harvey and ordered her to stop.
Harvey, again, didn’t listen.
Police said she led Coffey on a brief chase and resisted arrest before she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a patrol car.
But police said a combative Harvey began kicking the rear window, forcing Coffey to remove her from the car and restrain Harvey’s feet.
That’s when police said Harvey assaulted Coffey, kicking her in the head and causing her to fall. Harvey kept kicking Coffey and yelling, according to the report. At one point, Harvey allegedly threatened to spit on officers.
Other officers eventually restrained Harvey and took her to the Fulton County jail.
Coffey was taken to Emory Johns Creek Hospital and treated for her injuries.
Stores declined to press charges against Harvey and her friends for shoplifting.
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