Woman yelled racial slurs, threats at Lago Vista officer, report says

A woman arrested on a domestic violence charge Wednesday is in Travis County jail after she yelled racial slurs and threatened a Lago Vista police officer, according to an arrest affidavit.

Nicole Weinhandl, 32, was charged with three misdemeanors — assault causing bodily injury to a family member, criminal mischief and unlawful restraint.

She was also charged with obstruction or retaliation, a third-degree felony punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and two to 10 years in prison, according to the affidavit. She is being held on $50,000 bail, records show.

The officer responded to a report of a disturbance at 11:22 p.m. at a Lago Vista home on National Drive, according to the affidavit. Being the only officer on duty, she requested assistance from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, the affidavit said.

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A man at the home told the officer he and Weinhandl, his girlfriend, had been arguing, and Weinhandl had broken potted plants, dishes and home security cameras, the affidavit said. Both were described in the report as “visibly intoxicated.”

Home security footage confirmed that the altercation occurred, the affidavit said.

Weinhandl pulled away and became “verbally combative” when the officer tried to handcuff her, the affidavit said.

When Weinhandl, who is white, reached the back of the patrol car, she began yelling at a back-up deputy and calling the Lago Vista officer a racial slur, according to the affidavit.

Once inside the car, Weinhandl began to kick the back window, glass partition and cage of the car and continued to call the officer the N-word, the affidavit said.

Thirteen lines of the affidavit are dedicated to quoting Weinhandl’s racially charged tirade. Some of the threats Weinhandl allegedly made, according to the affidavit, include: “I’m not going to be in jail forever … and when I get out, I’m going to … kill you and your family.”

According to the affidavit, Weinhandl also said, “You probably think black lives matter. They don’t.”

Weinhandl had been found guilty of a previous domestic violence offense in Williamson County, for which she served 70 days in county jail, according to the affidavit.

Lago Vista Police Chief Danny Smith could not be reached Saturday, and officials from the department declined to give more information about the incident.

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