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Ashley Joy Burkey


A Murphysboro woman has been arrested after she allegedly injured a police officer during a Friday traffic stop, dragging the officer with her vehicle as she fled the scene.

According to a Monday news release from Murphysboro Police Chief Chad Roberts, officers arrested Ashley Joy Burkey, 29, at 1:32 p.m. Sunday on a warrant related to the Friday incident.

According to the release, Burkey was arrested without incident and is charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest. She was being held in the Jackson County Jail with $50,000 bond.

Burkey allegedly did not comply with the officer’s instructions during a traffic stop at about 8:11 p.m. Friday in the 2300 block of Borgsmiller Street.

Murphysboro police officer injured during traffic stop

According to a news release from Roberts sent after the initial incident, the officer was dragged a short distance after Burkey allegedly fled the scene of the stop. He was treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

— The Southern



Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin and Williamson counties.

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