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Posted: May 16, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Woman arrested after argument

A fight amongst family members ended with one woman arrested Saturday night after authorities from the Covington Police Department were called out to a home on Nelson Drive.

According to reports, officers arrived at the home around 7:43 p.m. and spoke with a man and woman who were standing at the top of the driveway of a residence. The couple allegedly told officers "she was down the driveway near the house," and as officers pulled down the driveway the found two women fighting on the ground.

One of the females appeared to be attempting to get up while the other female was sitting on her chest and holding her arms down, according to reports. The women were separated and placed in restraints until officers could sort out what was going on.

One woman, identified as 38-year-old Cynthia E. Lyda, said that the fight had started earlier in the day with her son but would not tell officers exactly what transpired to cause the fight to escalate the way it had. The other woman, who Lyda had allegedly been holding down, reportedly told officers that Lyda was upset from an earlier incident with her 16-year-old son and when she was walking out to her car to leave, Lyda came out of the home and would not let her get into her car, which was when the two began to physically fight.

Officers then went back to the top of the driveway to speak with a second female who had been attacked by Lyda, according to reports. That woman reportedly told officers that Lyda came out to her truck while she was speaking with Lyda’s brother and began to argue with her and then attempted to reach inside of her truck and strike her. When asked, Lyda reportedly admitted that she had "a few mixed drinks throughout the day."

Lyda was arrested and placed in a patrol car, but officers reports indicate that her behavior had not stopped and she continued to be rude and belligerent during the ride to the Newton County Detention Center.

The officer asked her to stop yelling and Lyda reportedly began screaming obscenities at him. At that point, the officer indicates in his report that he turned up his radio in order to drown out her yelling. She was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunk.

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