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Woman allegedly runs over deputy with her car

By Tyana Williams - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies, a woman said she was scared to go to jail as the reason for driving off after her car hit a deputy and dragged him 50 feet.

Sharon Russell, 54, was charged with attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, hit and run and reckless operation.

It all started when two deputies say they asked her to leave Earl K. Long Hospital for causing a disturbance. She left, but apparently returned. Reports indicate when they asked her to leave again, they noticed a bottle of alcohol.

As they walked toward Russell's car, they reported the woman hit the gas, dragging one of them 50 feet before he could free himself. More deputies caught up with her 2 1/2 miles away on Myrick Street. The injured deputy also joined the pursuit to try and stop her. Later, EMS workers loaded him into an ambulance with a brace around his neck and a bandage on one leg.

"You don't know what kind of person you're dealing with when something like that happens," said Casey Rayborn Hicks with the sheriff's office. "And our first responsibility is to protect the public. He didn't want to have someone doing something dangerous on the roads."

Russell passed a sobriety test. Deputies noted in addition to hitting the deputy, she also hit a parked car and a light pole before leaving the parking lot of Earl K. Long.

The name of the deputy was not released.

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