KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City police officer pleaded not guilty in a Clay County court Thursday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and head-butting one of the officers attempting to arrest her. Leaving the court house, Officer Megan Laffoon wouldn't comment on her arrest or charges.
Laffoon was charged Wednesday in Clay County with two counts of assaulting a police officer, and one count each of resisting an arrest and driving while intoxicated. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
Kansas City Police Capt. Steve Young said Laffoon will be placed on unpaid suspension pending the outcome of the criminal process.
On Wednesday, Laffoon's captain told 41 Action News because she is fluent in Spanish, Laffoon was an integral part of the department's Spanish Immersion Program, which aids officers in breaking language barriers in the city.
According to court documents , a Missouri Highway Patrolman pulled Laffoon, a six-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department, over around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, near the intersection of North Oak Trafficway and 106th Street in Kansas City.
The patrolman observed Laffooon's black Ford Explorer traveling north on North Oak Trafficway and weaving in and out of its lane, he stated in the court documents.
After failing several field tests for driving while intoxicated, the patrolman attempted to place Laffoon under arrest, but she became combative, the patrolman said.
"Laffoon refused to place her hands behind her back and continued to pull away from me," the patrolman wrote. "After several attempts to place handcuffs on Laffon [sic], I had to use force and take Laffoon to the ground."
She continued to resist and scratched the patrolman's face with her nails, he wrote in the court documents. He eventually had to administer his pepper spray, which "was effective, yet Laffoon continued to fight."
When backup arrived, Laffoon was finally placed in handcuffs, but she continued to ignore orders from the arresting officer as well as others from the Kansas City Police and Clay County Sheriff's departments.
At one point, the court documents allege , Laffoon head butted a Kansas City police officer.
Laffoon's combativeness continued once at the Clay County Detention Center, according to the court documents, where it took approximately seven deputies to force Laffoon into a restraint chair.
You can read the court documents referenced in this report (in PDF format) by visiting http://bit.ly/A2HR3S
Laffoon will next appear in Clay County court on March 13, 2012.