Foot chase ends in arrest
by Kellen Short
A woman was arrested Thursday in Boone after a foot chase
from the Watauga County Courthouse, where police say she caused a disturbance.
Sgt. James Sherwood said the woman was visiting the clerk's office for paperwork when she became irate, cursing, punching doors and causing a disturbance.
As she left the building, officers confronted the woman outside. Sherwood said she stopped briefly before taking off across the street, refusing to stop for his command.
The woman, identified as Mariya Vladimirovna Zarubina, 28, of Todd, ran across King Street into the Paolucci's parking lot and onto Howard Street before Sherwood apprehended her, forcing her to the ground and pulling her hands behind her back, he said.
Sherwood received prompt backup from several Boone police officers, six to eight sheriff's deputies, Appalachian State University police and even an N.C. Highway Patrolman.
Zarubina was charged with disorderly conduct in a public building and resisting a public officer, Sherwood said. She was released after paying a $3,000 bond.
Sherwood said it was his first foot chase after serving in courthouse security for almost four years.
"I think that will do him for about a year," Sheriff Len Hagaman said.