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RO Arrested During Repossession

Trying to prevent her vehicle from being repossessed, a Vine Grove woman is accused of taking some measures that resulted in her arrest on three charges including first-degree wanton endangerment.

According to an arrest citation, an independent repossession contractor was attempting to repossess a vehicle at a Vine Grove property when Patricia Russell, 59, the registered owner, attempted to drive the car off the wheel lift of the repo truck.

Three witnesses, according to the citation, said the contractor was attempting to finish hooking the chains of Russell’s vehicle when she came out of her apartment yelling.

The citation said Russell then got into her car, while the contractor was still underneath it, and attempted to drive the car off the wheel lift. The citation said the contractor was able to get out from under the car before it fell from the wheel lift, but otherwise he likely would have suffered severe, possibly fatal injuries.

After the car fell to the ground, and while still hooked to the repo truck by a single chain, the citation said the contractor moved to the driver’s side of his truck while yelling at Russell to stop.

Instead, the citation said Russell placed the vehicle in reverse and backed it into the truck, nearly striking the contractor.

In a further attempt to free it from the chain, the citation said Russell attempted to drive forward, squealing tires on her driveway and slinging mud from the yard.

As a result of the vehicle falling from the lift, the citation said the left rear bumper was nearly ripped off.

Russell was arrested Satur­day evening by the Vine Grove Police Department and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Russell was released from the Hardin County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond

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