Sheriff: woman who dragged deputy could be in Barton County

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Melissa Heinsman (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office) Melissa Heinsman (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)

The Barton County Sheriff said a woman accused of dragging a Sedgwick County deputy could be in central Kansas.  Authorities have been searching for Melissa Heinzman.

She's accused of dragging and running over a Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop Sunday.   The deputy is expected to recover. 

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Heinzman is believed to be in Barton County or central Kansas.

Heinzman is 45, 5'3", 120 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black tank top and blue pants.

If you have information on the case,  call Crimestoppers of Great Bend/Barton County at (620) 792-1300 or 888-305-1300.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says they have located the vehicle involved in an incident where a deputy was dragged and ran over during a traffic stop.

Around 3:30 Sunday afternoon, Melissa Heinzman was driving a white 19-99 Ford Explorer with the tag number 317GMM down 21st street and I-135 when officers pulled her over. 

Heinzman took off as soon as the deputy reached the car and his uniform got caught on the vehicle and his foot was ran over and he was drug for several feet.

"They made contact with the suspect in the car and attempted to arrest them, the car drove away, drug the deputy for approximately 100 feet before they lost contact with the car and then left the scene.," said Sgt. Justin Maxfield. 

The officer suffered injuries as a result, but is expected to fully recover. Authorities ask if you have any information about this case, please call crime stoppers at 316-267-2111. 

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