Woman tased, arrested at LAX after threatening police

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File photo: Traffic backs up at a security checkpoint near the entrance to Los Angeles International Airport on December 26, 2009.

A 32-year-old woman who threatened police was tasered and arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, officials announced today.

Lanica Johnson was arrested around 11 p.m. Sunday after she became agitated and tried to fight with officers, said Sgt. Belinda Nettles of Los Angeles Airport Police.

"Officers observed Johnson either sleeping or passed out in a terminal ticketing area," Nettles said.

The woman was escorted out when authorities determined she was not a passenger and had no business in the airport.

"As she was being escorted to the ground transportation area – to leave LAX – Johnson stepped into oncoming traffic," Nettles said. "As officers attempted to redirect her to the proper location Johnson became agitated, took a fighting stance and threatened to assault the officers."

Nettles said the officers used a taser on Johnson and she was taken into custody. She was taken to a hospital and later booked at the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division Jail for unlawful challenge to a fight.

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