Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christies’ niece was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight and arrested after she accused a Latino family of “smuggling cocaine” – and allegedly injured six sheriff’s deputies, one of whom was bitten.
Shannon Epstein, 25, allegedly caused the ruckus on a 6am flight from New Orleans, Louisiana to New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day. She asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they were “smuggling cocaine,” Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jason Rivarde told local media NOLA.com.
Ms Epstein, the niece of the failed 2016 Republican presidential contender, grew angry and was being disruptive on the flight, the local outlet reported.
Airline workers decided to remove her from the plane, which had already left the gate.
But Ms Epstein allegedly refused to leave after the plane returned from the tarmac – and she became “extremely combative” when approached by authorities, the report said.
She injured six deputies while resisting arrest, Mr Rivarde told NOLA.com, including biting one on the arm and breaking skin. She kicked another officer in the groin, he added.
Ms Epstein also threatened the officers, saying her uncle is friends with former President Donald Trump and that she knows powerful people, Mr Rivarde said.
She ultimately had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair, according to the report.
The brash-talking Garden State politician’s niece was charged with six counts of battery on a police officer, three counts of disturbing the peace, one of resisting arrest by force and one of remaining after forbidden, the outlet reported.
She was released from Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after putting up $US10,750 ($A15,700) in bail.
Her next court appearance is schedule for January 23, the site reported.
Ms Epstein, Mr Christie and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment by the Post on Sunday.
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