A Somerset individual was arrested Wednesday night — but not before putting up a scrap.

Rachel A. Keller, 46, was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on charges of menacing, disorderly conduct, first-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest after a physical confrontation with Somerset Police Officer Chris Gates.

According to SPD Det. Shannon Smith, the incident began at 9:43 p.m. on Wednesday, when police were notified by a citizen that a person was lying beside the roadway on South U.S. 27.

Gates was the first officer to respond and he located Keller, who was walking on U.S. 27 near the Tradewinds Shopping Center. When Gates tried to approach Keller, the suspect tried to simply walk away. Smith said Keller then approached Gates’ cruiser and struck the hood several times, causing some damage to the vehicle.

At that point, Smith said Keller became violent.

“(Keller) was screaming at officers and charged toward Officer Gates,” Smith said. “Officer Gates was forced to deploy his OC spray and baton to counter Keller’s advances.”

Smith said Gates and backup officers took Keller to the ground, but the suspect continued to fight while being arrested.

No officers were injured in the scuffle.

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