A woman accused of running over a deputy’s foot says if the incident did happen then it was an accident that was due to officers causing her to knock her van out of gear.
“If I did run over his foot it was by accident,” said Sarah Smith, who is charged with resisting arrest and vehicular assault, the last count being a felony.
According to arrest warrants against Smith, she refused to cooperate with officers when they arrived at her family farm on Bethany Road to repossess a tractor. Officers say she blocked the gate to prevent them from leaving and then ran over deputy Alan Roberts’ foot. Roberts was wearing steel-toed boots and escaped serious injury.
In response to the charges, Smith said she was the one hurt by officers when she was treated roughly during her arrest.
“I had bruises where they were mean to me,” Smith maintained, saying officers misunderstood what she was doing at the scene in the first place.
According to Smith, she and her husband went to their family farm after they saw someone loading up her brother’s tractor. When officers arrived, they told her the repossessing agency had papers and told her to move her van which was positioned in front of the gate.
“I was planning to move the vehicle when they were ready to leave but I was parked there to keep the horses and donkeys in the field from getting out,” Smith said, noting an officer reached in her vehicle to grab her and knocked the van out of gear, causing it to roll. “If his foot was run over, that’s when it would have happened.”
Smith will face preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on March 13.