Woman arrested after alleged fight with deputy in September


A Jefferson County woman who allegedly fought with a sheriff’s deputy when he tried to arrest her in September on an active warrant appeared in court Friday to hear charges in that case.

Rachel Hankins, 33, allegedly struck Deputy Rick Conyers in the groin, neck and shoulder on Sept. 27 after Conyers was sent to an address on Jewel Road on a domestic disturbance report.

During a hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said Hankins called deputies to report an incident involving her husband and Conyers reported that Hankins appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants when he tried to talk to her.

After learning of the active warrant, Conyers tried to arrest Hankins, who resisted and managed to get away even though Conyers had reportedly used pepper spray to try and subdue her. She was arrested by another deputy Wednesday.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $15,000 bond for Hankins after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with second-degree battery.

Kearney told Hankins to come back to court Nov. 16.