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Elkhart Woman Allegedly Assaults Crockett Officer


By Lynda Jones

An Elkhart woman faces a third degree felony charge for allegedly assaulting a Crockett police officer Tuesday, July 25. An officer with the Crockett Police Department (CPD) was on patrol at approximately 5 p.m. when he saw a vehicle in the vicinity of North Plant Road and Loop 304. In his arrest report, the officer stated the black Ford Mustang drew his attention because usually only city employees drive down that road. "Upon getting closer to the vehicle I observed a white female fall face first out of the passenger side of the vehicle, appearing as if she may have been pushed out of the vehicle by the driver," the officer stated. He then observed the vehicle move a few inches forward and stop. The female got back in the vehicle, which then began to drive away. The officer said he stopped the vehicle to investigate the suspicious activity and possible physical disturbance. The driver, Marcos Gonzalez, 30, and the woman, Ashley Dendy, 30, both stated nothing was going on, according to the officer's report. Houston County Commissions reported Gonzalez did not have a valid driver's license, so the officer placed him under arrest and began taking an inventory of the vehicle, according to the report. "I found in the center console of the vehicle a grinder with marijuana residue inside it. I then found between the driver's seat and the center console a pipe commonly used in smoking marijuana," the officer stated. "I then found under the passenger seat an open container of alcohol, a 24 ounce Bud Ice can with liquid still inside it." Gonzalez and Denman both denied the items belonged to either of them. The officer then placed both subjects under arrest. "Upon putting Dendy in the back of my patrol vehicle she was able to get the handcuffs off twice. We then placed two sets of handcuffs on her and attempted to handcuff her to the grill separating the front and back seats of my patrol vehicle," the officer stated. While doing this, Denby proceeded to kick the officer several times, causing severe pain, the officer alleged. Upon arrival at the Houston County Jail, Denby allegedly refused to exit the patrol vehicle and had to be physically pulled out of the car and into the jail. She continued to resist once inside the jail and had to be placed in a restraint chair, the officer reported. Denby is charged with assault on a public servant, a third degree felony; resisting arrest, search or transport, Misdemeanor A; and possession of drug paraphernalia, Misdemeanor C. Gonzalez is charged with no driver's license, Misdmeanor C; possession of narcotic paraphernalia, Misdemeanor C; and open container in vehicle, Misdemeanor C.


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