Zachary woman arrested after hitting officer with vehicle

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ZACHARY, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Police arrested a woman Saturday after she hit and wounded an officer while fleeing the scene, authorities reported Sunday.

Zachary police said Jennifer Smith, 49, refused to cooperate with officers when they arrived at her Brush Creek Court home Saturday evening. The officers were answering a complaint from Smith’s 16-year-old son that his mother’s boyfriend was beating him.

A police report claims Smith told officers to leave the property before she backed out of her driveway in a Ford Fusion. When police ordered her to stop, she drove across her neighbor’s yard, according to the Zachary Police Department’s probable cause file.

Officers ran from the vehicle’s path to avoid getting hit. One officer was unable to get out of the way and was struck twice, suffering a sprained ankle.

Police found Smith traveling westbound on Highway 64 and stopped her Ford Fusion near Fox Hunt Drive. The 49-year-old refused to exit the car, leading officers to break her front passenger-side window to arrest her.

Smith was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of officer battery, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and flight from an officer.

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