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An argument over higher rates at a Mount Pleasant motel led to a pair of felony charges filed Friday against a 52-year-old Milwaukee woman after attempting to bite a police officer.

Tanger M. High Myles is charged with a felony count of making a threat to a law enforcement officer and a felony count of attempted battery to a law enforcement officer, which carry a total fine of $15,000 and nine years in prison.

High Myles also is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which carries a fine of $1,000 and 90 days in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to the Knights Inn, 1149 Oakes Road, on Friday, for a report of an unwanted person. An employee stated the defendant arrived at the hotel and became over a “slight increase in rates.”

High Myles then allegedly began to threaten the employee’s life and made references to being from Milwaukee and wanting to fight the employee.

When police arrived, they observed the defendant, who appeared to be intoxicated, sitting in a vehicle. They told her she was no longer welcome at the hotel but was welcome to walk to another nearby hotel if she left her car in the parking lot.

A short time later, police observed the defendant operating her vehicle without the lights on. Police stopped the vehicle, performed field sobriety tests and a portable breath test that revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.17.

While en route to the hospital for a legal blood draw, the defendant states she has family in Louisiana and they “would have a hit out for all of you.” She also told the officer, “When I get out and get back to Milwaukee, it’s on and popping.” The defendant also tried to bite
the officer’s left forearm as he tried to restrain her in a chair at the hospital.

The defendant will be back in Racine County Circuit Court on June 20 for a 9 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.