A Wise County, Virginia, woman admitted in court Friday that she dragged a Norton police officer with her car as she tried to get away following a traffic stop in July.
Christi Jo Russell, 40, of Wise, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder of a police officer and other assorted charges including operating a meth lab discovered inside her home in January 2017, according to Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp.
Norton officer Jason McConnell was attempting to serve Russell with outstanding warrants when she scuffled with the policeman while he was trying to place handcuffs on her, the report said. She was able to get away and drive off with the officer partially hanging out of the driver’s side window as she drove at a high rate at speed on East Park Avenue. McConnell was able to jump from the vehicle and fall onto the roadway. Slemp said the officer was not seriously injured.
In January 2017, shake and bake style meth labs were found in her home, police reported. Two juveniles, ages 10 and 16, were home at the time, resulting in Russell being charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect.
Russell will be sentenced on May 30 in Circuit Court and faces up to 76 years in prison.
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