A Memphis woman is facing multiple charges, including criminal exposure to HIV, after she allegedly bit an officer during a traffic stop last week.
Dayton Smith, 38, was stopped by officers for an expired license plate, according to an affidavit. A check by officers also showed Smith’s driver’s license was suspended and she did not have insurance.
Officers arrested Smith and placed her in the back of a squad car, police said. Inside her car, police found a small bag of marijuana, one gram of crack and .2 grams of powder cocaine inside a rolled up dollar bill.
During the search, Smith began banging on the squad car and saying she needed to use the bathroom. One of the officers opened the door and told Smith she could go later. Smith became angry and attempted to run from the officers and was taken to the ground, police said.
She “had her keys between her fingers and was swinging at the officer,” according to the affidavit. She then bit one of the officers in the left arm, drawing blood.
Smith refused treatment, but was taken to the Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained during the struggle. While at the hospital, she informed the medical staff that she has AIDS, police said.
The injured officer was also taken to the hospital for treatment.
Smith is charged with violation of vehicle registration law, violation of financial law, driving while license suspended/revoked, resisting official detention, criminal exposure to HIV, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver.
She is in jail on a $50,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 11.
By Stephanie Norton, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
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