Chris Christie’s niece is accused of biting and injuring police officers in a violent plane crash

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s niece was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight and arrested after she accused a Latino family of “cocaine smuggling” and allegedly injured six deputies, one of whom was bitten.

Shannon Epstein, 25, allegedly caused the riot on a 6 a.m. flight from New Orleans, Louisiana to New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day. She asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they “smuggled cocaine,” Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jason Rivarde told NOLA.com.

Epstein, the niece of the failed 2016 Republican presidential nominee, became angry and disrupted the flight, the local newspaper reported Saturday.

Airline employees decided to get her from the plane, which had already left the gate.

But Epstein reportedly refused to leave after the plane returned from the tarmac – and she became “extremely combative” when approached by MPs, the report said.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 19, 2022.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 19, 2022.
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She injured six MPs while resisting arrest, Rivarde told NOLA.com, including a bite in the arm and a broken skin. She kicked another officer in the groin, he added.

Epstein also threatened officers, saying her uncle is friends with former President Donald Trump and that she knows powerful people, Rivarde said.

According to the report, she eventually had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair.

The brazen Garden State pole’s niece was charged with six counts of battery against a police officer, three counts of disturbing the peace, one count of resisting violent arrest and one count of staying after the ban, the outlet reported.

View of the new facilities at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.  This airport is the primary commercial airport serving the New Orleans metropolitan area and southeastern Louisiana.
Christie’s niece reportedly asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they were “smuggling cocaine” after boarding a plane.
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She was released from Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after posting $10,750 bail. Her next court date is scheduled for Jan. 23, the site reported.

Epstein, Christie and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office could not be reached by The Post Sunday for comment.

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