An alleged shoplifter who police said may have been drunk when she spit on a police officer was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown Wednesday.

Sharnique Norris, 47, was arrested Monday on a charge of harassment of a public servant, a felony.

Around 4 p.m., a Killeen police officer went to the H-E-B at 1102 W. Stan Schlueter Loop in response to a shoplifting call. As he was on his way, he was told that the suspect, later identified as Norris, got into a blue Kia Sorrento with California license plates and backed into another car before driving away without stopping. 

Norris falsely identified herself to the officer after she was pulled over by police, and she smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, according to police. Norris then failed a field sobriety test. 

While at the jail, officers told Norris that they would charge her with the failure to identify one's self to a police officer for providing a fake name. Then, Norris spit on the left side of the officer's face.

Norris was held in the Bell County Jail on a total $41,500 bond as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. She has also been charged with theft of property between $100 and $750, driving while intoxicated, accident involving damage to a vehicle and failing to identify with fugitive intent. All the charges, with the exception of harassment of a public servant, are misdemeanors.

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