LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. – A Lauderdale County deputy was injured Wednesday night while attempting to stop a stolen vehicle driven by a 12-year-old girl.
According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie, the incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. in a trailer court off Valley Road just outside the Meridian city limits, where the juvenile had taken her mother’s car after a conflict between the two.
Sollie said when deputies arrived and spotted the vehicle, they then attempted to stop it. However, their attempts were unsuccessful, reported The Meridian Star.
“This particular trailer court is a circle drive,” Sollie said. “The driver continued to make loops in the trailer court – that’s when deputies deployed spikes, more than once, striking the tires. The last time through the trailer court the operator of the vehicle struck a deputy.”
Moreover, after striking the unnamed deputy with the vehicle, Sollie said the driver went down the road and came back toward the injured deputy lying on the ground. The sheriff said the pre-teen was using the car as a weapon. As a result, another deputy fired his weapon to try to stop the vehicle before further injuries occurred, Sollie said.
According to reports, the young girl was not hit or injured.
Sollie said the injured deputy was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for fractures and contusions and later released. Nevertheless, he plans to see an orthopedic surgeon about his injuries.
Sollie said the young girl is being held in a youth facility. Her name is not being released due to her age, he said. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case, according to Sollie.
A dashcam video documenting the incident will be available during the course of their investigation. Sollie said there is another video, shot by bystanders and shared on social media, reaching thousands of viewers.
“Having seen the video of the incident – the deputy is extremely lucky to be with us today,” Sollie said.