Body camera shows woman attacking police officer in meth-induced rage

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- A Grayson County woman will spend the next decade in prison after attacking a Sherman police officer while pregnant and high on meth.

The incident left the officer in the hospital and out of work for 10 days.

It was all captured on the officer's body camera. The video tells a story of a violent confrontation on Christmas day last year.

Police said Kristine Barnes and her partner got into a fight.

"They were simply trying to diffuse the situation and ask her to leave the house," Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said.

Police showed up to a house on Willow Street near Williams Street in Sherman.

Prosecutors said Barnes admitted to being under the influence of meth that night.

The 30-year-old was three months pregnant and fighting with her partner. Police just wanted Barnes to leave.

"During the officer's attempt to get her to leave the house, she made a comment that she was going to punch an officer in the groin. And then she immediately did just that," Smith said.

He said Barnes hit the officer so hard, he had to go to the hospital.

In July, she pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Tuesday, a judge sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

"I think the words of Judge Fallon said it best. Police officers shouldn't have to deal with this, they just shouldn't have to deal with this," Smith said.

Smith said she has previous drug possession charges and a prior trip to prison for burglary, a felony that increased her punishment this time around.

"It's frankly kind of frightening to see how an individual can behave under the influence of methamphetamine. And this is something that officers come into contact with on a routine basis in our county," Smith said.

Barnes was not hurt.

She's eligible for parole in two and a half years, but Smith said with her record that's not likely.

As for her baby, she gave birth this summer. The child is healthy and in state custody.