The woman accused of running over a Missoula police officer during an attempted arrest on a probation violation was charged Friday with a third felony.
Dawnette Eaton, 47, was charged with felony assault with a weapon during a short Missoula County Justice Court hearing. Her bail remains set at $250,000.
On Wednesday, Eaton was charged with escape and with failing to remain at an accident scene where a person was seriously injured, both felonies.
Missoula Police Officer Deni Poling was seriously injured Monday night after being dragged under Eaton’s car.
Poling and another officer went to the McDonald’s on East Broadway to investigate a report that Eaton, wanted on a probation violation, was there, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks.
Poling was hospitalized with fractures to her ankle, leg and hip as a result of being run over by Eaton, court documents said.
Poling has been released from St. Patrick Hospital and is continuing her recovery at home, Missoula Police Capt. Scott Hoffman said Friday.
The incident occurred after Missoula Police Lt. Rich Stepper approached the driver’s side of a red Pontiac in the McDonald’s parking lot, while Poling went to the passenger side, according to charging documents filed by Marks. Eaton started the engine and cranked the wheel to the left; Stepper ordered her to turn off the car, according to Marks’ affidavit.
“Instead, Eaton shifted the car into reverse, (and) accelerated rapidly, which knocked Officer Poling to the ground. The front of the car swung about, running over Officer Poling, and dragging her for some distance under the car,” the affidavit said.
Stepper ordered the driver to stop, then shot at her once. Although the shot struck the driver, she continued out of the lot, it said.
Missoula County Sheriff Carl Ibsen located the red Pontiac near Kiwanis Park, it said. There was blood in the car and in the snow leading away, but a police dog was able to follow the trail for only a short while, the affidavit said.
Eaton was treated at St. Pat’s before being charged. She continued to wear a sling on her arm Friday.
A Jan. 31 preliminary hearing was set in Eaton’s case, which will be transferred to Missoula County District Court.
Kimberly Sue Inman, 34, is accused of helping Eaton elude authorities and was ordered held on $75,000 bail Thursday on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
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