CRAVEN COUNTY - A Craven County mother is out of jail while her daughter remains locked up; the pair had been arrested because they allegedly cursed along a roadway.
Alisa and Katrina Coute do not get along, according to the mother, Alisa.
Mom said that her daughter routinely attacks her; the daughter, Katrina, could not be reached for comment due to her continuing incarceration.
The arrest on the misdemeanor charge is the culmination of many deputies' visits to the family's home on Highway 17, north of Vanceboro, according to Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette.
"Even though it's unfortunate that somebody had to be arrested, it had gotten to the point where if an arrest had not been made, there might have been an escalation of violence" between the pair, Monette said.
Even so, Alisa calls the charge unfair.
"You can't tell me what I can say with my mouth," Alisa said.
"I live in America... and I should have freedom of speech."
State lawmakers in 1913 enacted a measure that bans "indecent or profane language" on any public road or highway in the presence of two or more people.
(Anyone in Pitt County take note, the law does not apply in your county.)
A judge in Orange County declared in 2011 that the law is unconstitutional.
Monette said a judge in the current case will be able to decide whether the case moves forward or not.
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