Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s niece has been arrested for assaulting multiple police officers, according to reports.
Shannon Epstein, 25, reportedly suffered a meltdown on a 6 am flight from New Orleans, Louisiana to New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day.
She asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they were “smuggling cocaine.”
It went downhill from there.
Local media reports say she grew angry and was disruptive before the flight took off.
She was then removed from the Spirit Airlines flight by the airline employees.
When police officers arrived on the scene, she then she attacked the cops.
Captain Jason Rivarde of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Shannon Epstein was arrested around 6 am after being removed from a plane at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
“She was removed from the flight after causing a disturbance which included asking a family she believed was Latino if they were smuggling cocaine,” Rivarde said.
“When deputies initially made contact with her on the jet bridge, she became extremely combative.
“During her arrest, she injured 6 deputies, biting one and kicking another in the groin.
“Throughout her entire interaction with deputies, she repeatedly stated that they would lose their jobs or be arrested because of her familial relationships.”
According to Fox News:
Epstein was arrested on charges of remaining after forbidden, resisting a police officer with force, and multiple counts of battery on a police officer.
She was placed in custody but released the same day after she posted bond.
According to The New York Post:
She was released from Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after putting up $10,750 in bail.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 23, the site reported.
Per the Times-Picayune: "Epstein shouted that the deputies were going to lose their jobs or end up in jail, boasting that she was related to powerful people and that her uncle is a friend of former President Donald Trump."
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) December 3, 2022