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Suspect escapes police car

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

Police fished a Markle woman from a muddy, weed-ridden ditch last Sunday after she escaped detention by slipping out of her double-locked cuffs and unlocking the back door, according to police reports.

Sarah K. Draffen, 38, is facing a Level 5 felony charge of escape, a Level 6 felony charge of battery on an officer with bodily injury and a Class A misdemeanor of trespass, according to court records. Police say the officer suffered from a cut on his hand following multiple unruly outbursts from Draffen.

On Nov. 25, police responded to a disturbance in which Draffen was intoxicated and refusing to leave her ex-husband’s home, according to police reports.

The officers reportedly offered to drive Draffen home, but Draffen gathered her things and tried to leave as deputy Dave McVoy was in the doorway. McVoy reported that Draffen attempted to push past him, and McVoy advised her not to touch him again or she would go to jail.

McVoy had grabbed Draffen by the arm to try and escort her from the home, but once outside, Draffen tried to pull away and reportedly pushed McVoy. McVoy told her she was under arrest, and Draffen struggled with police as they attempted to handcuff her.

Draffen then escaped the police car around Meridian Street and U.S. 24 and was quickly caught by deputy Don Whitney. Whitney said during the ride, Draffen was very agitated and was yelling repeatedly that officers had no reason to arrest her.

Whitney said officers were dispatched in reference for an unwanted party but that Draffen was ultimately arrested for battery-related charges. Whitney reported sustaining a “minor cut to a finger while interacting with (Draffen),” according to police reports.

Draffen is being held on $15,000 bail. $7,500 bail bondsman and $7,500 bond (10 percent cash). She is currently in custody at the Huntington County Jail. She awaits her pretrial hearing Jan. 28, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in the Huntington County Circuit Court.