September 2, 2010

Driver Arrested Following Vehicular Assault in Downing

A Queen City woman is facing felony charges after allegedly intentionally running her vehicle into a crowd of people at the Downing fairgrounds on Sunday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the arrest of Alissa J. McElroy, 28. She turned herself into the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department at 10:10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The incident took place at 1:20 a.m. when McElroy allegedly rammed her vehicle into a crowd of people, injuring at least one person. McElroy fled the scene following the assault.

According to court documents, McElroy was stopped in her vehicle on the roadway that serves as the entrance to the fairgrounds when she allegedly backed towards a parked truck with several people standing around the vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Judith Yearns, of Queen City, who was seated on the tailgate of the pickup, reportedly attempted to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, but had both her lower legs pinned between the vehicle and the tailgate upon impact.

Yearns was flown by Air-Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. Family members indicated her left ankle was shattered and had required insertion of several metal pins.

Two other women, Amanda Lawson of Bloomfield, IA, and Anna Lawson of Centerville, IA; were knocked down by McElroy’s vehicle.

McElroy has been charged with two counts of assault in the first degree and one charge of assault in the second degree. She is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond at the Adair County Jail.

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