North Liberty woman accused of head-butting officer after OWI arrest


A North Liberty woman who was being taken into custody for operating a vehicle while under the influence is accused of head-butting a police officer while being placed in a squad car.

Arrest records indicate that 48-year-old Luvenia Harris of Sugar Creek Lane was stopped near the intersection of Forevergreen Road and Jordan Street just after 10pm Friday after being called in as a reckless driver. Upon making contact with Harris, officers allege that she had slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, and had the odor of ingested alcohol.

Harris reportedly had difficulty with field sobriety testing, and officers say she admitted to drinking and stated she would “blow dirty.”

Harris refused a PBT, but a Datamaster reading showed her blood-alcohol level at .215.

During the course of Harris being placed under arrest, police say she pulled away from them and threw a punch at one of the officers. Once in the backseat of a squad car, Harris is accused of flailing around and head-butting an officer in the face.

Harris faces first offense OWI and interference with official acts charges. If convicted, she could be sentenced to 13 months in jail.