A June 5 trial has been set for a woman accused of striking a Missoula police officer with her car.

Dawnette Eaton, 47, appeared Tuesday in Missoula County District Court, still wearing a sling on her arm, which was injured when another Missoula police officer shot Eaton as she allegedly attempted to flee.

Eaton is charged with assault, escape and failing to remain at an accident scene where a person was seriously injured, all felonies, in connection with the January incident.

Missoula Police Officer Deni Poling was seriously injured after being dragged under Eaton’s car. Poling and Lt. Rich Stepper went to the McDonald’s on East Broadway that night after receiving a tip that Eaton, wanted on a probation violation, was there.

A Missoula Police Department investigation found that Stepper used reasonable force in shooting Eaton.

Eaton remains in the Missoula County jail on $150,000 bail.

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Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com, or @CopsAndCourts.

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