Sydney Spies, Racy Yearbook Photo Teen, Arrested With Mom

ABC News

The Colorado teenager who made national headlines when her racy senior picture was rejected by the editors of her high school yearbook was arrested along with her mother Monday after police broke up an alleged underage drinking party at the family's home.

Sydney Spies, 18, was charged with obstructing a police officer while her mother, Denise "Miki" Spies, 45, was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony, and obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest, according to Durango County police.

The two made a run for it after police discovered a crowd of "numerous" teens drinking and partying at Spies' Durango, Colo., home late Sunday night, authorities allege.

Sydney Spies first attempted to block police from entering the front door and, when placed under arrest, tried to jump out of the backseat of a police car, according to an incident report filed by police and confirmed to by Durango Police Sgt. Geary Parsons.

"She nearly kicked me in the groin," officer Darrell Robertson wrote in the arrest report, according to the Durango Herald.

When police entered the home, Miki Spies led them on a chase to her bedroom where she tried to slam the door before police caught her and handcuffed her amidst a struggle, according to the incident report.

She also reportedly refused to give police her name, identification and date of birth.

If convicted on all counts, Miki Spies, who identifies herself as a self-employed "Lifestylist" on her Facebook page, faces up to six years in prison and a maximum $500,000 fine. Her daughter, Sydney, could face 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to Sgt. Parsons.

Both mother and daughter were released early Monday morning on bail and are scheduled to appear in court later this month, authorities said.

Sydney Spies made headlines in January when she was notified by administrators at Durango High School that a photo she submitted of herself posing in a short yellow skirt midriff and shoulder-exposing black shawl would not be allowed to be used as her senior portrait.

Spies fought back, holding a protest with her mother and other students outside the school and meeting with administrators who, she said, banned her photo because it violated dress code.

Spies' appeal, including the threat of a lawsuit and national media coverage, did not sway the school and, after three more photos submitted by Spies were all rejected, the school used her school ID photo instead.

At the time, Miki Spies commented on the situation on her own Facebook page.

"This whole yearbook photo has me thinking again. A lot of people are questioning my parenting skills. My kids tell me everything and I try to guide them as best as I can. But in the end I allow them to make their own decisions resulting in their own successes or failures," she wrote.

Following the controversy, Spies landed a small role in an upcoming movie, "American Horror House," scheduled to air on the SyFy channel on Halloween.

Her mother, Miki, was arrested June 24 on suspicion of trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer in a case in which she and another woman were reported being loud and refusing to leave private property. She was scheduled to appear in court today for those charges, the Herald reports.

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