Kings County deputy deals with confrontational suspect and crowd

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Amanda Hulett
Suspect Amanda Hulett

On September 7, at about 11:20 p.m., a Kings County deputy was on patrol in the area of 17th Avenue and Jersey Avenue in Lemoore. The deputy spotted a U-Haul truck driving recklessly and saw that the loading ramp was unsecured and dragging behind the truck.

The U-Haul pulled into the Yokut Gas station and narrowly missed striking other vehicles in the parking lot with the loading ramp. The deputy pulled in behind the U-Haul and conducted a traffic enforcement stop. The driver was later identified as Amanda Hulett.

 As the U-Haul came to a stop, Hulett abruptly exited from the driver’s seat and confronted the deputy. The deputy asked the suspect to identify herself repeatedly, but she refused to do so. Because she refused to cooperate, the deputy attempted to detain her in handcuffs. Hulett began screaming and pulled away, requiring the deputy to take her to the ground, where she continued to resist by twisting and spinning her body.

A crowd gathered around the deputy, still in the process of placing handcuffs on the suspect. The crowd began yelled obscenities at the deputy and opted to use their phones to record the incident. Tribal Security officers arrived to assist, and Hulett was placed into custody.

The deputy sustained minor injuries during the struggle. 

Deputies learned later that Hulett had four active Kings County warrants issued for her arrest. The charges included bringing a controlled substance into jail/prison, auto theft, under the influence of a controlled substance, and battery against a spouse.

Amanda was booked into the Kings County Jail on the four active warrants along with fresh charges of resisting arrest, obstructing an executive officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $180,000.

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