Officer hit by own vehicle during arrest

March 21, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY — A Michigan City Police officer was run over by his own squad car following an altercation with an arrested suspect on Tuesday.

Now the suspect, Diana Lynn Brown, 46, of Michigan City, is facing a charge of battery to a public safety officer, a Level 5 felony, on top of preliminary charges of domestic battery, an A misdemeanor, and resisting law enforcement, also an A misdemeanor.

According to a report from the Michigan City Police Department, on Tuesday at 12:17 a.m., an officer responded to a complaint of domestic battery in the 300 block of Derby. Upon arrival, the officer encountered an intoxicated Brown, the report said, who allegedly battered a man because he wouldn’t give Brown her car keys. The officer reportedly drove Brown home, but was called back to the original residence at 1:22 a.m. because Brown returned to the home where she proceeded to hit the man with her purse, the report said.

The officer observed red marks, swelling and scratches on the back of the victim’s neck, and blood inside the victim’s right ear, police said, and proceeded to arrest Brown.

But while traveling eastbound on Barker Avenue by Poplar Street, Brown allegedly pulled her feet up in the air and started kicking in the officer’s direction, and when told to stop kicking, managed to strike him in the right arm, the report said.

According to the report, the officer then attempted to put the car in park while he exited the vehicle to address Brown. However, the gear must have stopped in reverse, the report said, because when the officer exited his squad car, the driver’s side door, which was left open, knocked him to the pavement. The car then continued to move in reverse with the officer trapped underneath the driver’s side door and the pavement, dragging him a total of 25 feet until it hit a curb, the report said.

The officer suffered severe lacerations to his left knee, both hands and left elbow, and was diagnosed with knee effusion, severe abrasions and a hand contusion.

Equipment damage included:

• Work pants (BDU) approximately $70

• Long John pants approximately $10

• Work shirt (BDU) approximately $50

• Outer Vest carrier approximately $200

• Magazine pouch approximately $30

• Department issued camera approximately $100

• Total estimated damage to repair — $460

—From staff reports