Gulf Park Estates Woman Charged with Assaulting a Deputy

Interim Sheriff Charles Britt says a Gulf Park Estates woman is behind bars Tuesday after she punched a deputy during her D.U.I. arrest late Monday night.

Sheriff Britt says deputies responded to a call at 11:07 p.m. about a wrecked pickup truck in the parking lot of Little River Marina at 3200 Dumas Road in Moss Point and found Tina Fay Burks stumbling around and cursing at bystanders. A witness reported that the 47 year old Burks was spinning the tires of her vehicle in the parking lot, ran over a large wooden post, and became stuck. 

Sheriff Britt says the first officer to arrive on scene told Burks to stop using vulgar language and stand silently by her truck. Burks then charged at the deputy in an aggressive manner and punched him in the head with a closed fist. 

"The officer gained control of the suspect, handcuffed her, and placed her under arrest," Sheriff Britt says. "He did a good job diffusing a situation that could have easily gotten out of control."

Burks, of the 1000 block of Sycamore Street in Ocean Springs, was charged with felony assault of a police officer, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and misdemeanor driving under the influence 2nd offense. She was released Tuesday morning from the Jackson County Adult Detention Center on $10,000 bail.

Burks faces up to 30 years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted of felony assault of a police officer. Additionally, Burks faces up to one year in jail and a $1,500 fine if convicted of D.U.I. 2nd offense. She can also lose her driver’s license for up to two years. If convicted of resisting arrest, Burks faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

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