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UPDATE: Arrest report released for pepper-sprayed mom

Posted at 7:19 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 21:50:42-04

UPDATE: The arrest report has been released for the local mother who was pepper sprayed and arrested outside of her children's school.

According to the police report, the incident started when Cynthia Westre refused to obey a Clark County School District police officer's directions. Police said she was trying to make a left hand turn through the intersection on Pyle Avenue and Jones Boulevard but was told not to.

After he asked her to pull over, she also refused to produce her driver's license and attempted to leave the scene. At one point, she placed her hand on the officer's chest and pushed him into a traffic lane.


The officer reportedly warned her several times that she was going to be pepper sprayed before doing so. Even then she did not calm down and the officer sprayed her a second time.

As the officer was attempting to wash Westre's face, she slipped out of one of the handcuffs, pushed him again, and attempted to return to her vehicle. The officer was able to stop her from leaving and called for help.

Westre was transported to the Clark County Detention Center and booked on charges of failure to obey a police officer, battery of a police officer and resisting arrest.

We talked with CCSD police Friday about the incident, and they had a clear explanation.
"The officer was out basically attempting to educate drivers that are coming back after a 3-month layoff -- that here is the rules for driving around schools, be safe, be mindful of kids that are out there," CCSD Capt. Ken Young said.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Parents at Tarkanian Middle School are left with mixed feelings after a mother who was dropping her child off at school was pepper sprayed and arrested on the first day of school.

13 Action News got video of the incident. 

The man who took the video, Stewart Marriot, told us the officer was out of line. 

"It was awful to see a woman being treated so badly on the first day of school," says Stewart.  

Officials with Clark County School District say that woman, 36-year-old Cynthia Westre, went after the officer first.  

In a statement, Ken Young, with Clark County School District Police Department said, "The officer was trying to conduct a traffic stop, when the woman came after him. The officer used the proper amount of force to bring the woman into custody."

Parents at Tarkanian Middle School have mixed feelings.  Tarkanian Middle School have mixed feelings.  

"I know that officer," says Linda Stevens.  "He's here every day and I do know he tries very hard to keep this area safe."