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Woman arrested for punching officer in front of convenience store, police say

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POCATELLO — A local woman faces up to five years in prison after punching an officer while attempting to avoid arrest.

Natasha Noel Hudson, 30, was arrested for assaulting an officer. She was also determined to have multiple active misdemeanor warrants, Pocatello Police spokesman Officer Greg Cates told

Officers from the Pocatello Police Department responded to 911 calls reporting a woman shouting at people in front of the Common Cents store on North Arthur Avenue in Pocatello around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Upon arrival, officers noticed a vehicle with several women inside parked near the front of the convenience store. One officer approached, attempting to determine whether one of these was the women causing the disturbance.

One of the women, later identified as Hudson, exited the vehicle and began walking on the sidewalk. As the officer approached her, Hudson turned around with her hands raised and began “bouncing around like she wanted to fight,” Cates said. Hudson then allegedly punched the officer in the face and “shouted vulgarities and racial slurs” at the officer, Cates added.

Hudson was “taken to the ground,” Cates said, where the officer “wrestled with her for a while” before eventually subduing her.

She was taken to Bannock County Jail. The officer did not sustain any notable injuries, Cates said.

Another woman, Margaret Chantel Hudson, 52, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant during the incident.