Woman charged after allegedly biting deputy

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By Erin L. McCoy, Landmark News Service

 A New Hope woman bit and tried to stab a sheriff's deputy as she was placed under arrest in New Haven Sunday.

Rachel Lee McConnell, a.k.a. Rachel Lee Kemp, 29, had bench warrants from LaRue and Nelson counties issued against her when deputies arrived at 353 Center Street shortly before 8 p.m.

Deputies were called to the address on a report McConnell had locked herself inside and that there was possible drug activity, according to a report from the Nelson County Sheriff's Department.

When Dep. Kaelen Matthews arrived, the front door was open, and as he approached McConnell allegedly ran out the back door. Matthews reported that she then went back in the house and said, according to the report, "I am tired of it and trying to get clean."

When Dep. Mike Clark arrived he discovered three bench warrants in LaRue County for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, second offense; driving on a DUI-suspended license and one headlight. A Nelson County bench warrant had been issued for alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense.

As Matthews put handcuffs on her he asked if McConnell had anything on her. She allegedly pulled a knife out of her pocket and tried to stab Clark. The knife was taken away from her but in the police cruiser, she allegedly tried to kick out both windows.

She may have caused more than $1,000 worth of damage to the windows, Nelson County Sheriff Stephen Campbell said.

McConnell allegedly bit Clark's arm and kicked a deputy jailer at the Nelson County Jail.

At first, McConnell was refused at the jail because she was reportedly threatening to kill herself, Jailer Dorcas Figg said. She was taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital, where a release was signed before she could be admitted to the jail at 1:51 a.m. Monday.

McConnell was charged with two counts of third-degree assault on a police or probation officer, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree disorderly conduct.

At the jail she faced additional charges of DUI, third offense, driving on a DUI-suspended license, second offense, and bribery of a public servant.

McConnell faced a revocation hearing May 3 in LaRue Circuit Court. The Court was checking the status of a flagrant nonsupport case in which McConnell was to be paying $50 per month.

Editor Linda Ireland contributed to this story.