EPD Officer's Bodycam Footage Shows Him Being Dragged by Car

Bodycam footage released by the Evansville Police Department shows an intense situation that happened Monday where an officer was dragged along the roadway by a vehicle.

Posted: May 26, 2021 11:34 AM
Updated: May 26, 2021 9:00 PM

New footage released by the Evansville Police Department on Wednesday captured a shocking scene that happened on Monday.

It all started Monday when EPD Officer Nathan Jones was on routine patrol when he was flagged down by a man asking for a ride at the corner of Heidelbach Avenue and Diamond Avenue in Evansville.

Evansville Police Department

According to EPD, the man had just been involved in a domestic dispute with 18-year-old Maeling Smith. While Officer Jones was speaking to the man, EPD says Smith pulled up at the scene in her car and began yelling, refusing to stay in her vehicle.

In the body camera footage, you can see Officer Jones demanding Smith gets back in the car.

As the back-and-forth between Officer Jones and Smith continues, the officer's body cam shows Smith getting back into the car, at which point he tries to place her in handcuffs. 

With the car in reverse, body cam footage appears to show Smith's foot step on the gas pedal - dragging Officer Jones across the pavement and running over his arm in the process.

Despite those events, EPD says Officer Jones was still able to place Smith under arrest after she stopped the vehicle a short distance away.

"It had to be adrenaline - it was amazing. He had two breaks in his wrist," said EPD Sergeant Nick Winsett. "He had a contusion to his head and for him to be able to draw his weapon and effect an arrest on the suspect is just amazing."

What is even more haunting, is that Smith's infant was in the backseat during the entire altercation. 

"It was a very very young child, said Sgt. Winsett. "It's very troubling to have a child exposed to this kind of thing."

CPS came to the scene and took the baby away.

Original Story: Evansville Police Officer Injured After Being Dragged by Vehicle

Smith was arrested and charged with Battery against a Public Safety Official and Resisting Law Enforcement. She has since been released from the Vanderburgh County Jail on a $1,500 bond.

She has another hearing set for Friday.

We're told Officer Jones has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

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