Woman arrested in Oakboro for assaulting officer

Published 1:49 pm Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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A woman was arrested last Friday in Oakboro after assaulting a police officer.

According to the Oakboro Police Department’s Facebook page, Sgt. Jason Eschert had made a routine traffic stop around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and Osborne Drive. The driver, Leesalin Serrano-Jerome, was traveling 53 mph in a 35 mph zone.

When Eschert began to issue the citation, Serrano-Jerome refused it and as she hit the gas, she struck Eschert with the vehicle and ran over his left foot, police said.

Eschert got the vehicle stopped and arrested Serrano-Jerome. Stanly County Sheriff’s Office also arrived on the scene.

Eschert was transported to Atrium Health Stanly, where he was later released.

Oakboro Police Chief T.J. Smith said though Eschert had “some minor bruising,” he was back at work the next day.

“We ask for the community’s prayers for our law enforcement in our county,” Smith added.

Serrano-Jerome, 42, was charged with felonious assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting a public officer. She was also wanted in Iredell County for assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting a public officer.

Serrano-Jerome was placed under a $15,000 bond, but has since been released.


About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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