ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Glynn County police chief Matt Doering says officer Kevin Jones "acted reasonably" in the arrest of a woman on suspicion of drunken driving.
A man videotaped the arrest of Kathleen Allegrone and posted the video to YouTube where it not only has gone viral, but prompted an internal review of the actions by police.
The videographer told Acton News the video shows Allegrone falling to the ground. The witness claimed the arresting officer shoved her to the ground.
Doering described what happened from the perspective of police in a report obtained by Action News on Monday morning, five days after the story aired in our newscasts.
The chief said Allegrone put up a fight from the very beginning.
"Upon Officer Anthony Sermons arrival he was faced with the uncooperation and contemptuous attitude of Ms. Allegrone by her refusal to exit her car and locking all the doors. Upon other officers arriving, they assessed how best to deal with Ms. Allegrone. While doing so, Ms. Allegrone stepped out of her car for a moment and held up her middle finger towards the officers and quickly got back into her car locking herself in again," wrote Doering.
The chief said officers eventually opened the car doors with a special tool and as officer Kevin Jones reached in to grab hold of Ms. Allegrone, "she began flailing her hands and arms towards him that prevented him from grasping hold of her to effect the arrest."
Jones, according to the internal report, told investigators the woman dug her fingernails into his hand, causing sharp pain, as he and another officer pulled her out of her car and ushered her to a patrol car.
Jones said Allegrone "resisted by leaning back with her body weight and not freely walking forward" as they ushered her to his car.
The officer said he "reacted defensively to stop the assault" as the woman dug her fingernails into his skin again. Jones said in the report that he made a "split-second" decision to "turn his body in the same direction as Ms. Allegrone was turning while pulling his hand away from her," grab her shoulder and push her "forward and down to the ground as one continuing movement."
Jones said Allegrone stopped resisting while on the ground. Officers then put her in handcuffs.
Jones told investigators he sustained "severe injuries to his left hand that caused tearing of his skin and bleeding."
Doering said had Jones not acted decisively, Allegrone would have continued to "jeopardize the safety" of the officers and others with her "assaultive behavior."