BURLINGTON — A woman suspected of hit-and-run and first-degree assault after reportedly dragging a Burlington police officer 30 feet and then striking a vehicle on Saturday has been charged in Skagit County Superior Court.
Callie Marie Swartz, 29, is charged with six counts, including second-degree assault with a deadly weapon — the vehicle — attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and reckless driving.
According to court documents, Swartz was first contacted by a Burlington police sergeant in the parking lot of a business in the 900 block of South Burlington Boulevard shortly after noon. A check revealed the woman had been trespassed from the business and had warrants out for her arrest.
An officer arrived to take Swartz into custody, and Swartz asked a friend to take the vehicle, the probable cause affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, Swartz allegedly said the vehicle did not have an ignition key and needed to be started by other means. As she showed her friend how to start the vehicle, the officer remained standing in the open driver’s door, holding her arm.
After starting the vehicle, Swartz allegedly refused to step out of the vehicle and began accelerating, taking the officer with her, the documents state.
In order to avoid being run over, the officer held on for about 30 feet before letting go, the documents state. As he fell, he was struck by the vehicle’s back tire, sustaining injuries that were not life threatening.
Swartz then fled the parking lot, heading northbound on South Burlington Boulevard, weaving in and out of traffic at about 50 mph, the documents state.
She then allegedly failed to stop at a red light at Rio Vista Avenue, slamming into another vehicle occupied by two women, the documents state. The sergeant, who had been pursuing her, stopped to attend to the collision.
Swartz then continued to flee, the document states.
The vehicle Swartz was driving — a 1996 Dodge truck — was located by police Sunday morning, Burlington police Sgt. Mike Lumpkin said in a news release.
She was arrested without incident later that afternoon at a residence in the 8800 block of Peavy Road in Sedro-Woolley, Lumpkin said, and was booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center.
She is being held on $250,000 bail.