Waxahachie Police Officer Abe Partington has been treated and released from the Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie after sustaining injuries from a traffic stop Saturday.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Officer Partington conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of North Interstate Highway 35E on a 2001 Dodge pickup. The vehicle was pulling a trailer that had a defective left taillight that was not working. As Partington approached the vehicle the driver got out and swore at him. Partington asked the driver her name and she told him that it was Cynthia Love. The driver was then instructed to get back into the truck by Partington.
Partington was able to positively identify the driver as Cynthia Berg. As he checked Berg through dispatch, they advised him that Berg had multiple warrants for her arrest.
When Berg overheard Officer Partington's radio traffic, she then put the vehicle into drive. As Burg accelerated, she slammed the door on Partington’s hand, causing him to be drug by the fleeing vehicle driven by Berg.
Partington desperately attempted to get free from the vehicle and stated in the probable cause affidavit that at one point, "he feared for his life and believed that Berg was going to run him over with the truck and trailer."
Partington was able to get loose from the truck but suffered serious injury to his right hand. As Berg sped off through a plowed field, Partington was able to get to his patrol vehicle and pursue her. As Berg came to the edge of the field she bailed out and then fled on foot towards Ovilla Road. Officers were able to catch and detain Berg behind a residence in the 500 block of Ovilla.
Berg was placed under arrest for aggravated assault and for active warrants that included parole violation, driving on the wrong side of the street, possession of a controlled substance, burglary of a habitation, theft under $50 and failure to appear.
Berg was booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 8:18 p.m. Sept. 7 and has bonds totaling $30,000.
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