Sheriff’s deputy hospitalized after being dragged at traffic stop in Vandalia

FAYETTE COUNTY — An 18-year-old Springfield woman is in the Fayette County Jail in connection with a Tuesday night incident that sent a Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy to the hospital with injuries.

Adriana Brown-Gibson
(Source: FCSO)

Adriana E. Brown Gibson was arrested for aggravated battery to a peace office, aggravated assault, alleged fleeing or attempting to elude a police office, failure to give aid, obstructing justice, reckless conduct, hit & run, speeding, operating an uninsured vehicle, driver license not on person and possession of cannabis.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, a sheriff’s deputy reportedly conducted a traffic stop on Brown around 6:41 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of U.S. Routes 51 and 40.

The deputy allegedly smelled and observed illegal narcotics around the driver and asked her to give him the item he saw. At that point a struggle between the driver and deputy began. Brown reportedly put her vehicle in drive and drove away from the traffic stop, dragging the deputy down the roadway.

The deputy was able to free himself and avoid being dragged under the vehicle. The Deputy was injured but was able to alert the Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher of the incident, his injuries and the direction the vehicle was heading.

He was initially taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment but was later transported to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He’s since been released and is recovering from his injuries at home.

The sheriff’s office thanks witnesses who followed the vehicle, which enabled local officers and deputies to locate and stop it on westbound Interstate 70 approximately two miles miles east of the Vandalia/Pana exit.

The Vandalia Police Department, St. Elmo Police Department, Illinois State Police and the Secretary of State Police assisted.

Brown-Gibson was formally charged Wednesday in Fayette County Court with Class 2 felony failure to report an accident involving injuries, and in a separate case Class 2 felony aggravated battery of a peace officer, and Class 4 felony reckless conduct causing great bodily harm, aggravated fleeing resulting in bodily injury, and obstruction of justice/destruction of evidence.

Her bail was set at $150,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 18, with court appointed counsel.