An Horry County Sheriff’s deputy was injured Wednesday after being dragged by a car that was driven by a woman who tried to flee from the officer.
Injuries to Cpl. Paul Abijian were not life threatening, according to Jeff Benton, spokesman for Horry County Sheriff’s Office. Benton said the woman was being held late Wednesday, and charges would be filed later by Horry County police. The Sun News does not name suspects before they are formally charged. The woman, Kimberly Ruth of Myrtle Beach, is charged with first-degree assualt and battery, resisting arrest and malicious injury to personal property.
She has a bond hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
The deputy is married and has five children. Abijian is currently at home recovering, Benton said.
Benton said the incident, which is being investigated by Horry County police, occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Watsons Riverside community.
Abijian, who Benton said is a veteran officer, conducted a traffic stop on the woman in the Watsons Riverside area related to an ongoing investigation. The woman got out of her vehicle during the stop and talked with the uniformed officer, but she eventually began to question whether he actually was an officer, Benton said.
Benton said the woman became agitated, and hit Abijian in his chest. The deputy tried to arrest her after the strike and she began screaming for help then jumped into her vehicle and started to drive away with one handcuff attached to her arm, and the officer’s arm trapped in the door, according to Benton.
The deputy had reached into the vehicle to try to stop the woman from driving away, according to Benton. The deputy also deployed a Taser, Benton said, but it was unclear if the Taser hit the woman. Benton said the deputy was dragged about 60 feet by the vehicle, before the woman stop and opened the door to release him.
The deputy then searched for the woman and found her in the car near her home on Oak Circle Drive. Benton said he expects Horry County police to file charges against the woman on Thursday.
Horry County police are investigating to avoid possible conflicts of interest, Benton said.