Driver who dragged officer sentenced to prison

A woman was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges after a pursuit earlier this year.

Stephanie Rogers, 24, Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count each of leaving the scene of an accident, resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness.

She was sentenced to a total of just less than four years in prison, and with time already served and for good credit, could be out as soon as January 2018, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

In January, Rogers was arrested after police said she dragged an off-duty deputy with her vehicle, crashed into a retention pond and then broke into a Greenwood apartment to hide from police.

The pursuit began after an off-duty Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw Rogers come out of Gander Mountain with a shopping cart full of clothes and an employee running after her, shouting. Police later found Rogers had more than $1,200 worth of merchandise in her vehicle.

The deputy tried to stop Rogers and ordered her out of her vehicle. But when he walked up to her car, Rogers began to drive away, dragging the deputy as he reached in to try to grab her, according to police reports.

The deputy let go, and Rogers headed south on Emerson Avenue, where a Greenwood police officer tried to stop her vehicle, but she would not stop and instead headed west on Main Street. Near the Valle Vista Country Club, she crashed into two other cars, causing her vehicle to roll several times, and then stopped, partially submerged in a retention pond.

After the crash, Rogers ran, breaking into a nearby apartment in the Valle Vista apartment complex, where a resident was home, and stole a few items inside, police said.

Police found Rogers shortly after, and she was arrested.

In May, Rogers agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanors and three felony counts. An additional charge of driving while suspended and leaving the scene of an accident were dismissed, according to court records.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.