Female inmate charged with spitting on Platte County Detention Center officer

A St. Joseph, Mo. woman was charged after allegedly assaulting a corrections officer in the Platte County Detention Center on Thursday, Dec. 29. 

Tara Carr

Tara Carr

According to court documents, officers were instructed to move 26-year-old Tara Carr from one cell to another to clean her cell. After being asked several times, Carr stated she did not want to move for the officer and threatened to spit on the officer. 

At approximately 1 p.m., the officer returned with several other officers and again asked Carr to cooperate to move to another cell. She again refused and again said she would spit on staff if they tried to move her. 

According to court documents, Carr was lying under the bottom bunk wrapped in a blanket and refused to come out. 

Officers entered the cell and pulled Carr out from under the bunk trying to use a blanket to cover her face to prevent her from spitting. As officers pulled Carr from the cell on her blanket, sat up and spit bloody mucus towards one of the staff members.

Another officer used pepper spray in Carr’s face to stop her from spitting. The spray took effect, and she did not attempt to assault staff again. 

Carr was charged with misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement officer. She remains in custody at the Platte County Detention Center for felony probation violation on a $10,000 cash only bond.