MPD arrests N.C. woman

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A North Carolina woman is in a Webster Parish jail following her arrest on several criminal charges Friday night.

Latasha Rena Bittle, 27, of the 7000 block of Hypony Trail, Parkton, N.C. is charged with simple obstruction of a highway, obscenity, aggravated assault, disturbing the peace and simple criminal damage to property.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Brandon Curry, Ofc. Chris Cayer and Off. Lita Hopkins were dispatched to Lee Street at Industrial Drive around 11:30 p.m. in reference to a female – later identified as Bittle – running in traffic.

“Lt. Curry observed Bittle standing in the northbound lane of Lee Street with a 2-foot metal pipe in her hand,” Cropper said. “Once she noticed the officers, Bittle walked into traffic and into the parking lot of a Sibley Road gas station.”

Cropper said when officers made contact with Bittle and asked her to drop the pipe, she complied.

“But then she began to yell obscene language as patrons continued to enter and exit the convenience store,” said the chief. “Due to her erratic behavior, Lt. Curry asked dispatch to contact the Webster Parish Coroner’s Office to speak with Bittle.”

During this time, the complainant told officers he was traveling north on Sibley Road and observed Bittle remove a speed limit sign from the ground and throw it into the roadway.

“She then proceeded to enter the roadway as traffic was flowing,” Cropper said. “Once in the roadway, traffic came to a stop and Bittle began to dance. She then obtained the pipe and began to chase cars with it while in the roadway. Later, she charged a group of people standing outside a truck stop on the west side of Sibley Road.”

At one point, Bittle reportedly “dropped her pants” and began slapping herself on her posterior.

When Bittle observed the complainant watching her as he contacted authorities, she allegedly proceeded to his location at a local motel and began to chase him with the pipe.

Bittle was transported to Minden Police Department to speak with the coroner but was not placed on an order of protective custody, and therefore was criminally charged.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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