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Former presidential hopeful arrested in Kanawha County

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Tami Stainfield, 50, who considered herself a candidate for President of the United States in 2012, was arrested Saturday morning by Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies.

Stainfield's campaign website can be found at the following address:

According to court documents, Stainfield was driving down Kanawha Boulevard when she saw a deputy's cruiser pull out of the parking lot. Stainfield stopped in the middle of the road, blocking the intersection of Goshorn Street and Kanawha Boulevard.

She got out of her car, went toward the deputy's vehicle and began shouting about 'ABC station and the Kanawha River'".

Stainfield then lunged toward the deputy's car and screamed expletives at the officer. She then turned around and started running back to her car. She pulled out recklessly and spun her tires trying to flee.

The deputy began to pursue Stainfield's car. The suspect stopped short on Truslow Street, got out of the driver's side and ran at the deputy's car aggressively.

Stainfield refused to listen to any of the commands. The deputy even deployed his weapon. Another deputy then arrived on-scene and attempted to take Stainfield into custody. The deputy was successful after a short struggle.

During her arrest, she struck the deputy several times.

According to Cpl. Humphreys with the Sheriff's Department, "she likely has mental health issues."

Stainfield was charged with fleeing in a vehicle, obstructing an officer, and battery on a police officer. She is being held in South Central Regional Jail.