Woman arrested on prostitution charges spits in officer’s face during arrest

Police say Misty Jernigan spit on an officer while being arrested.

Columbus Police may have received more than they bargained for when they arrested a woman Tuesday evening.

Authorities arrested Misty Jernigan on prostitution charges at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 29th Street. Jernigan, 34, is a known prostitute and was observed hailing a vehicle in an area that has high prostitution traffic. When police tracked her down, they discovered that Jernigan had .2 grams of crack cocaine, as well as a crack pipe, in her possession.


Upon arrest, Jernigan spit in the arresting officer’s face. She then kicked another officer while they tried to subdue and restrain her. Jernigan faces charges that include felony obstruction and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, as well as misdemeanor simple battery on a police officer and possessing drug-related objects.

Jernigan is scheduled to appear in Recorder’s Court Wednesday at 9 a.m.


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