Police in Tennessee say a woman involved in a domestic disturbance ran over a police officer with her car.
A Morristown police statement says Cpl. David Klein was responding to a call about a domestic disturbance Sunday afternoon at a property that Connie Jeanene Davis refused to leave.
It says Davis was in a vehicle when officers tried to arrest her, but instead she accelerated in reverse knocking the officer to the ground and running over him.
Klein suffered leg and head injuries, and Morristown police tweeted that he was being transferred to another hospital for surgery on his leg.
His injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening and he was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville where he underwent surgery on his leg on Sunday night.
‘Cpl. David Klein is expected to undergo surgery on his leg at UT Medical Center after being intentionally struck by a resisting suspect’s vehicle earlier today. Thank you to everyone who has expressed support,’ the police wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, other officers were able to take Davis into custody. Davis was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and disorderly conduct. It’s unclear whether she has a lawyer.
Morristown Police Department Chief Overholt said: ‘This incident highlights the type of risks officers face each day. We are fortunate to have professional men and women willing to face these challenges to keep our community safe. Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern for the officer and we are hoping for a quick and full recovery.’
Cpl. Klein has served on the Morristown Police Department force for more than 13 years.
In 2017, Klein was honored with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) DUI Enforcement Officer of the Year award.
According to a City of Morristown news release, Klein had the most DUI arrests for the Morristown Police Department that year.