Girl accused of fighting with detention officer

A juvenile detention officer escaped serious injury Saturday in an incident involving a girl he was transporting from Monroe County to the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center in Brownstown, police report.

The female, who was being held on Monroe County charges of auto theft and failure to appear, faces a new Level 4 felony charge of attempted escape inflicting injury and Level 6 felony charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness and battery on a police officer with injury.

Those charges stem from a report by Juvenile Detention Officer Tony Fleetwood stating he was having trouble with the female inmate he was transporting from Monroe County, according to a news release from Sgt. Stan Darlage with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Fleetwood told dispatchers the girl was secured in the backseat for the trip but was able to remove her “belly-belt” and place it around his neck while he was driving on U.S. 50, west of Brownstown.

Fleetwood said he was able to pull over at County Road 975W and U.S. 50. While trying to regain control of the situation, however, the girl grabbed an ink pen from the car and started to stab him.

He then was able to get the pen out of the juvenile’s hand, and she was secured by Fleetwood and three passersby.

Darlage and county officers Dustin Steward and Adam Nicholson arrived and helped transport the girl to the detention center.

Fleetwood, who received four small puncture wounds to his arm, was checked by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and then was able to return to work.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.