Jan. 12–The daughter of a local politician running for a seat in the U.S. Congress was arrested Saturday after she allegedly caused a disturbance at a nightclub then pushed a Palm Beach Gardens police officer, according to an arrest report.
Lauren Elizabeth Spain allegedly cursed officers during the incident at the Dirty Martini at Downtown at the Gardens then said: “My dad’s running for Congress and you can’t do this.”
Spain is the 21-year-old daughter of Paul Spain, a Republican candidate to replace Rep. Patrick Murphy for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat.
Lauren Spain is facing charges of battery on an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence. Spain was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Saturday after posting a $3,000 bond.
The trouble began around 1 a.m. when a Dirty Martini manager told a Palm Beach Gardens police officer that Spain was causing a disturbance and asked her to be removed from the club, the report said.
A club staffer told the officer that Spain pushed him and said she “can do whatever she wants” because her father is “running for Congress.”
The arrest report notes that Spain was so intoxicated she was unable to remain standing on her own and was asked to sit down while she waiting for two friends to leave the club. While waiting, Spain began yelling profanities, the report said.
“[Expletive] you, you piece of [expletive],” Spain allegedly told the officer. “My dad’s running for Congress and you can’t do this.”
Spain, of Palm Beach Gardens, allegedly pushing the officer with her hands “in an attempt to get away,” the report said. Spain was then forced to the ground by officers after she refused to be handcuffed.
After being placed in a police car, Spain allegedly tried to kick out the vehicle’s window and began screaming. She slipped out of the handcuffs and attempted to get out of the patrol car, the report said. Spain was placed back into handcuffs but attempted to bite an officer “numerous times.”
The officer notes that Spain was placed in leg restraints to prevent her “from injuring herself and further damaging my vehicle.”
Reached by phone Monday, Paul Spain said: “I share the concern about the welfare of my daughter and am trying to help her through this difficult time.”
Lauren Spain, a senior at the University of Alabama, could not be reached for comment.
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