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Young indicted on 2 counts of assault on public servant

A Jefferson County grand jury handed down two indictments for Patrise Elaine Young for aggravated assault on a public servant on Wednesday.

Young, 37, of Port Arthur is charged in the two felony counts for an incident that happened Feb. 12 where police say she struck two Port Arthur police officers with her vehicle, injuring one officer seriously.

Officers Ashton Moss and James Warner made traffic stop on Young for being a suspect in a theft. Both officers were riding together in a marked patrol unit and were at Cedar Ridge Apartments in the 7600 block of Ninth Avenue.

Young reportedly got back into her car attempting to leave the scene while Moss reached into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Young then put the vehicle in reverse and struck the patrol unit, according to the probable cause affidavit. She then drove forward with Moss partially hanging out of the driver’s side. He was thrown from the vehicle and suffered a broken ankle that required surgery as well as other injuries.

Warner sustained minor injuries when the drive’s door struck him as she fled.

She then fled the scene in her vehicle

Young turned herself in to authorities a few days later.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.