Woman charged with attempting to assist assault suspect

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Arraignments conducted Friday for both accused

By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown woman is charged with assisting a man police say assaulted a probation and parole officer and then ran away.

Ashleigh N. Wright, 25, was arrested Wednesday afternoon near East Poplar Street on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment — probation officer and second-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Wright is accused of helping Quintin D. Lackey, 30, of Elizabethtown, who police said shoved a probation and parole officer attempting to adjust the man’s handcuffs.

As Lackey ran from the Division of Probation and Parole’s District 5 office on South Mulberry Street, Wright allegedly exited the building’s parking lot and nearly hit another probation officer, according to a citation.

She then drove toward the Hardin County Justice Center while honking her car horn and attempting to pick up Lackey after observing probation officers pursuing him, police said.

According to the citation, one witness reported seeing Wright yelling out “Why? Why?” to Lackey.

Wright was released Friday morning from Hardin County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

Lackey remains lodged at the jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash bond. He is charged with first-degree escape, third-degree assault — probation officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and parole violations.

According to police, a probation officer arrested Lackey at the District 5 office for alleged parole violations and placed handcuffs on him.

“Lackey complained about the cuffs and (another probation officer) attempted to check and adjust the cuffs,” a citation reads.

As the officer was adjusting the handcuffs, Lackey removed a hand and pushed him, throwing the officer to the ground where he struck his head, according to police. The officer sustained a laceration to his head requiring four stitches, according to the citation.

Lackey and Wright were arraigned via video feed Friday in Hardin District Court and are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings July 12.

Sarah Bennettcan be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.