Chris Christie’s niece, 25, arrested and accused of biting officer on Spirit Airlines flight after accusing Latino family of ‘smuggling cocaine’
- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s niece was kicked off a plane after accusing a Latino family of ‘smuggling cocaine’
- New Orleans authorities say Shannon Epstein, 25, then became combative on board the flight back to New Jersey and injured six sheriff’s deputies
- One was said to be bitten during the altercation
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s niece was arrested and dragged off a plane after she allegedly accused a Latino family of ‘smuggling cocaine.’
Authorities say Shannon Epstein, 25, then became combative on board the 6am Spirit Airlines flight from New Orleans to New Jersey — and injured six sheriff’s deputies, one of whom was bitten in the altercation.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jason Rivarde told NOLA.com how she even threatened the officers trying to get her off the plane, saying her uncle is friends with former President Donald Trump and she knows some powerful people.
Epstein ultimately had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair to be forced off the plane, he said.
She is now 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 being forbidden.
The foul-mouth niece was released from the Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after posting $10,750 bail. She is due back in court on January 23.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s niece was kicked off a plane after accusing a Latino family of ‘smuggling cocaine’ and biting a sheriff’s deputy, authorities say. The former governor is pictured here at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada last month
According to Rivarde, the whole situation began when Epstein became angry and started being disruptive on board the Thanksgiving Day flight.
Airline employees soon decided to remove her from the plane, which had already left the gate, but she allegedly refused to leave after the plane returned to the tarmac.
Epstein is said to have become ‘extremely combative’ when she was approached by Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies and injured six while resisting arrest, including biting one on the arm and breaking their skin.
She allegedly kicked and spit on others, NOLA.com reports.
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