A Robertsville area woman accused of holding the arm of a Franklin County deputy while speeding away in a vehicle with an unsecured small child has been charged with the crimes.
A Franklin County felony complaint charges Lori A. Brockes, 39, with first-degree felony assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
The charges stem from a May 8 incident at the Wayside South gas station in Robertsville after Brockes reported that she had seen a car in the area with bullet holes and “blood all over it,” according to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutors Office by the sheriff’s department.
A deputy stayed with Brockes while the report was investigated. Authorities said the report was unfounded.
Brockes allegedly lied to the deputy about her name. She then asked if she could set her small child down in her vehicle while she fed the child.
As the deputy attempted to verify the woman’s name, Brockes allegedly grabbed the car keys and tried to put them in the ignition. The deputy grabbed her hand and ordered the suspect to stop, according to the probable cause statement.
As the deputy and woman scuffled for the keys, Brockes allegedly grabbed his arm. He pulled away and attempted to take the keys, authorities said.
Brockes then grabbed the keys and started the truck and “slammed” on the gas pedal while holding the deputy’s arm. The deputy yelled for the woman to stop as she continued to drive, according to the sheriff’s department.
Brockes allegedly continued driving and the deputy said he could feel the vehicle pulling him. Once he broke free, Brockes drove a few feet and then accelerated in the parking lot, nearly striking the deputy with a trailer that was pulled behind the vehicle, authorities said.
According to the probable cause statement, the child was not secured in the car and appeared to be standing on the passenger seat of the vehicle as the suspect drove away.
The deputy was on the phone with Franklin County dispatchers during the incident who heard him yell for backup and as he told Brockes to let go of his arm.
The vehicle was located a short time later and Brockes was arrested following a brief pursuit.
The child was taken into custody by the Department of Family Services.
Brockes was released on a $16,000 bond Thursday, May 10.