May 23, 2012

Deputy dragged by fleeing suspect's car

By Craig Crosby ccrosby@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

BELGRADE -- A Belgrade woman living on the lam the past three years was arrested Tuesday after dragging a sheriff's deputy a short distance with her car, police said.

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State Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance removes items from Angie Soucy's pockets moments after Soucy was arrested for allegedly dragging Kennebec County Deputy Nathan McNally with her car Tuesday in Belgrade. McNally stopped Soucy's vehicle and attempted to arrest her when she drove off with his hand stuck in her vehicle, according to police. McNally was not injured.

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Kennebec County Deputy Nathan McNally inspects his wrist watch Tuesday after it was retrieved from a vehicle that dragged him following a traffic stop in Belgrade. McNally attempted to arrest Angie Soucy when she allegedly drove off with his hand stuck in her vehicle, according to police. McNally was uninjured.

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Angie May Soucy, 33, was being held at the Kennebec County jail on a litany of charges connected to a traffic stop and 10 warrants from courts in four Maine counties.

Kennebec County Sheriff Deputy Nathan McNally was reportedly dragged by Soucy's car when his watch became entangled on the car door as he attempted to prevent her from fleeing a traffic stop. The car soon got stuck in a drainage ditch.

McNally, who sustained minor cuts to his arm, feared for his life as he was dragged across the yard and could have used deadly force to stop Soucy, said Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.

"Had the vehicle not become stuck, the results could have been much worse," Liberty said. "This could have resulted in a high-speed pursuit or other life-threatening situations placing the public at risk."

Capt. Daniel Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office said McNally stopped Soucy's 1996 Nissan Maxima around 2:20 p.m. on Manchester Road on suspicion of license plate violations. Soucy pulled her car into a nearby driveway at 622 Manchester Road and stopped.

Soucy told McNally she was not carrying identification, but provided McNally with what she said was her name, birth date and Social Security number, Davies said. That information was false, Davies said.

"There was an associated photograph of that person, clearly showing Soucy was not who she claimed to be," he said.

McNally went back to Soucy's car and told her he knew she had provided false information.

Then, Soucy locked the car door and tried to roll up the driver's window, but McNally put his hand on the window to prevent it from closing. McNally told Soucy she was under arrest and ordered her to get out of the car, but she refused, Davies said. Soucy also refused McNally's order to shut the engine off.

Davies said when McNally reached in to unlock the door, Soucy sped off.

McNally's watch snagged on the inside of the door, which prevented him from breaking free. Soucy drove across the lawn and back onto Manchester Road, but the sedan got stuck in a drainage ditch at the edge of the road.

"He was dragged approximately 35 feet before his watch broke and he fell from the car," Davies said.

McNally got back on his feet and radioed for help as he ordered Soucy from the car at gunpoint, Davies said. Soucy was under arrest moments later.

"By his actions and mere luck that the watch broke, Deputy McNally avoided serious bodily injury or even death," Liberty said.

Soucy was charged with seven offenses in connection with the traffic stop, including reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief and refusal to submit to arrest.

Soucy also was issued 10 warrants, including two from Kennebec County Superior Court, charging probation revocation for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and failure to appear to answer a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

She was held without bail on those two charges.

Other warrants originated out of superior courts in Lincoln, Somerset and Waldo counties and district courts in Skowhegan, Belfast and Augusta.

"She had been on the run for about three years," Davies said. "We have an extensive history with her."

That history includes a October 2006 incident in which Soucy reportedly fled out the back of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office while being interviewed by a deputy. Soucy, who was not in custody, overheard the deputy talking to her probation officer about revoking probation, Liberty said at the time. Soucy, who spent several months on the lam, was sentenced nearly a year later in Kennebec County Superior Court to 60 days in jail for forgery, theft and violating conditions of release.

Soucy was sentenced in July of 2004 to three years in prison, with all but 24 days suspended and four years of probation, after pleading guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of heroin.

Craig Crosby -- 621-5642

ccrosby@centralmaine.com

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