Carmelita Begay faces two felony charges for battery on an officer and three misdemeanor charges, including assault on an officer

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FARMINGTON — A Gallup woman has been arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and spitting on two police officers while she was being removed from the Wal-Mart on West Main Street in Farmington.

Carmelita Begay, 23, faces two felony charges for battery on an officer and three misdemeanor charges, including assault on an officer. She was charged Feb. 17  in Farmington Magistrate Court, according to court records.

Her public defender, Ellen Wayne, did not respond to request for comment today.

Begay spat in the face of a Farmington Police Department officer and on the back of the head of another officer as they placed her in a patrol car, according to the probable cause statement.

Officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart at 1400 W. Main St. at 8 a.m. Feb. 16 after it was reported that a woman was disturbing customers outside the building, according to the probable cause statement.

Begay appeared to be passed out inside the store's Subway restaurant when officers arrived, according to the statement.

Court documents state the woman appeared to be extremely intoxicated and had a strong odor of alcohol, which was consistent with drinking mouthwash.

Two officers attempted to remove Begay from the building by carrying her by her arms. Begay then became belligerent and started yelling profanity at customers, and her pants fell to her ankles, according to the probable cause statement.

Begay also attempted to pull her arms away from the officers to drop to the floor, forcing the officers to support her.

While trying to get Begay on her feet, she tried to bite the hands of officers, according to the probable cause statement. The officers waited for additional officers to arrive before attempting to place Begay in the patrol car.

Begay's preliminary hearing is set for March 1, according to court records. She remains in custody at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash/surety bond.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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