Steel-toed boots may have saved a deputy’s foot after it was run over by a woman trying to stop creditors from repossessing a tractor from her farm.
The deputy, Alan Roberts, escaped serious injury when the vehicle driven by Sarah Smith ran over his foot. Smith has been charged with resisting arrest and vehicular assault. She will face preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on March 13.
The incident happened while deputy Roberts was conducting standby assistance while a tractor was being repossessed from the Bybee Branch residence of Smith. The deputy said while conducting the standby that Smith blocked the gate, apparently to prevent the tractor from being taken.
At some point during the incident, Roberts said Smith backed up her vehicle, running over his foot. Roberts was wearing steel-toed boots, minimizing the injury to his foot. Roberts said Smith then attempted to leave and refused to get out of her vehicle.
“It’s a good thing he happened to be wearing steel-toed boots or that may have broken his foot,” said Sheriff Jackie Matheny.