Deputy, Marshal hit by vehicle in Martin County incident


SHOALS, Ind. (WTHI) – A Martin County Deputy and Shoals Town Marshal were hit by a suspect’s vehicle Thursday while trying to arrest the suspect, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department Confirms.

According to documents from the MCSO, Martin County Deputy T.A. Burkhardt and Shoals Town Marshal Todd Eckert were attempting to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant at RJ’s Food Market in Shoals. Deputies say the suspect, Billy Craft, 33 of Shoals, got into a vehicle and struck the officers in an attempt to evade police.

Deputy Burkhardt suffered a knee injury in the incident, according to the document. Marshal Eckert was not injured.

Officials arrested Craft a short time later near Butler Bridge Road after he fled into the woods. Official report Craft would not stop or comply.

He faces charges including resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, driving while suspended, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, battery on a law enforcement officers, possession of syringes and possession of methamphetamine.

Craft is being held at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office with no bond pending his initial hearing.

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