Woman facing felony charge after allegedly spitting on police officer

A Pine Bluff woman arrested on misdemeanor charges Wednesday afternoon could face a felony charge after she allegedly spit in the face of a police officer.

Rebecca Esterline, 39, was taken into custody for public intoxication, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing for Esterline on Friday.

Detective Sgt. Danny Belvedresi said in a probable-cause affidavit that when Esterline was taken to the adult detention center, she spit at the officer who transported her.

Achorn said Esterline had no pending charges but had been convicted of a felony in 2003, was placed on probation, and that probation was revoked and she was sentenced to 24 months in a regional punishment facility to receive intense drug treatment.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Esterline after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with aggravated assault.

Esterline also was ordered to have no contact with the officer until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent her.