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Dawnette Eaton appears by video Wednesday in Missoula County Justice Court, where she was ordered held on $250,000 bail for allegedly running over a Missoula police officer with her car.

An 18-year-old man was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections on Wednesday for attempting to hide his mother from law enforcement after she allegedly backed over a Missoula police officer.

Stephen Goodman and another woman picked up his mother, Dawnette Eaton, after Eaton allegedly dragged a police officer with her car while fleeing officers in the McDonald’s parking lot on East Broadway in January.

The incident began when Missoula Police Officer Deni Poling and Lt. Rich Stepper responded to the fast food chain after receiving a tip that Eaton, who was a fugitive, was at that location.

Poling went to the passenger door to arrest the woman for an alleged probation violation.

According to court documents, Eaton turned her steering wheel to the left and backed out of the parking spot, accelerating at a high speed. Poling was knocked to the ground by Eaton’s red Pontiac.

Eaton backed over Poling, dragging her.

Stepper immediately ordered Eaton to stop, but Eaton ignored the order – forcing Stepper to fire one shot into Eaton’s elbow as she fled the scene, the affidavit said.

That’s when Eaton reportedly called her son, who was riding in a car with friend Kimberly Inman.

Goodman and Inman agreed to pick up Eaton in the Madison Street area, and took her to Goodman’s apartment.

Inman called a nurse, who came with her husband and gave aid to Eaton.

According to the court documents, Eaton said she was going to try and go to a hospital in another state. But Inman said law enforcement would arrive at any moment.

Goodman then went to neighbor Shaman Godkin’s apartment and made a deal with Godkin to have his mother stay in his apartment with Inman in exchange for methamphetamine.

Goodman pleaded guilty to a felony count of obstructing justice.

Poling was badly injured in the accident and underwent multiple surgeries at St. Patrick Hospital for a broken hip, leg and ankle, authorities said.

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Reporter Kathryn Haake can be reached at 523-5268 or at kate.haake@missoulian.com.

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