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Evansville Police Officer Injured After Being Dragged by Vehicle

A woman was taken into custody on Monday after an Evansville Police Department officer was injured on Heidelbach Avenue between Diamond Avenue and Richardt Avenue.

Posted: May 24, 2021 12:06 PM
Updated: May 24, 2021 7:03 PM

An Evansville police officer was injured on Monday after being dragged by a vehicle near Heidelbach Avenue.

The incident took place around 11:30 a.m. on Monday in the area of Heidelbach Avenue between Diamond Avenue and Richardt Avenue.

Officers at the scene of the incident on Heidelbach Avenue

EPD Sergeant Nick Winsett says the incident occurred when an EPD officer on routine patrol in the area saw a man at the side of the road who was upset and yelling.

"The officer went to investigate and discovered this was part of a domestic violence situation," explained Sgt. Winsett. "As he was speaking to the male, the female part of the domestic violence situation pulled up in a vehicle."

Police say the woman, who was identified as 18-year-old Maeling Smith, started yelling at the man that the officer was speaking to. To gain control over the situation, EPD says the officer attempted to place Smith in custody.

Maeling Smith, 18, of Evansville - Vanderburgh Jail

As the officer was attempting to place Smith in handcuffs, EPD says she retreated to her vehicle with the officer still holding onto her, at which point she put the car in reverse and accelerated.

Gold Honda Accord involved in Monday's incident

EPD says the woman drove approximately one block before the officer was able to get free from the vehicle. Once he was able to get free, however, the car ran over the officer's right arm.

According to EPD, the officer was quickly transported to a local hospital with a possible broken arm.

Smith was arrested and charged with Battery against a Public Safety Official and Resisting Law Enforcement. She is currently incarcerated at the Vanderburgh County Jail.

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