EDWARDSVILLE — An Alton woman who police say used a taser on a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop was charged Monday with multiple felonies.
According to a Madison County Sheriff’s Department press release, Marquita A. Darris, 31, of the 600 block of Sheppard Street, was charged with felony charges of aggravated battery of a police officer, disarming a peace officer and resisting a peace officer; and misdemeanor charges of obstructing identification, obstructing a peace officer, resisting a police officer, unlawful possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis, and traffic citations for driving while license suspended, no insurance and disobeying a stop sign.
At approximately 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, a sheriff’s deputy stopped Darris’ vehicle for disobeying a stop sign at the intersection of Deanna Street at Stanley Road in Cottage Hills. Darris was made aware of the violation and provided the deputy with a false name in an attempt to avoid apprehension on outstanding traffic warrants, as well as driving on a suspended driver’s license. The deputy determined Darris was providing a false name by comparing her to the vehicle’s registered owner information.
After identifying Darris, the deputy advised her she was under arrest for the warrants and driving on a suspended driver’s license. Darris told the deputy that she couldn’t go jail. The deputy attempted to restrain Darris, who actively resisted his efforts. Darris swung her arm at the deputy, who continued to struggle with her. The deputy warned Darris to stop resisting or he would deploy his taser. Darris continued to resist and the deputy deployed his taser, which had no effect.
As the struggle went to the ground, the taser fell from the deputy’s hand. Two concerned citizens, who were witnessing the events, attempted to aid the deputy in his efforts to secure Darris. As the two citizens were attempting to aid the deputy, Darris grabbed the taser and began tasing the deputy. Concerned for the wellbeing of the citizens, the deputy ordered them to withdraw. The deputy struggled with Darris as she continued to tase him multiple times. During the struggle, Darris continuously told the deputy to kill her. Concerned for the public as well as his own safety, the deputy separated from Darris and drew his service weapon, ordering Darris to drop the taser. Darris complied with the deputy and dropped the taser. The deputy ordered Darris to remain on the ground until assisting units arrived and secured her without further incident.
The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Michelle L. Corrigan, 25, of the 1400 block of Sixth Street, Cottage Hills.
Corrigan was found to be in possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis, suspected alprazolam and hydrocodone tablets, as well as a small amount of methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle also resulted in the discovery of a cannabis cigarette under the driver’s seat.
Darris and Corrigan were transported to the Madison County Jail, where they were held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Corrigan was charged with felony charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of cannabis.
The warrants and criminal informations were issued by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Darris’ bond at $100,000 and Corrigan’s bond at $30,000. Both subjects remain in the custody of the Madison County Jail.
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