A Greenwood woman was pepper-sprayed and ordered to the ground at gunpoint and a sheriff’s deputy was dragged by a pickup truck during an attempted traffic stop for having no working turn signal.
Fragile S. Gilpin, 36, was stopped by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Stargell on Fowler Lane March 2.
A police report says Gilpin had her window cracked an inch and refused to roll it down further or give Stargell her driver’s license and registration, saying that she did nothing wrong.
Gilpin began to record the interaction on her smartphone and Stargell requested backup, the report said.
Gilpin said she didn’t believe that her rear turn signal wasn’t working and that if the bulb was out, it was because of the county’s roads, the probable-cause affidavit states.
When Stargell told Gilpin he would force her out of her vehicle if needed, Gilpin locked the doors and threatened to leave the scene due to a lack of probable cause for the stop, the affidavit said.
Sgt. Bill Southerland arrived on scene and ordered Gilpin to identify herself. When she refused, Southerland sprayed pepper spray into the vehicle through the cracked window, using his flashlight to keep the window open. Gilpin sped away and started to drag Southerland before he let go of the flashlight, Stargell reported.
The two officers found Gilpin leaving her vehicle near a home in the 1200 block of Fowler Lane.
Gilpin was ordered on the ground at gunpoint. The report says she resisted Southerland as he attempted to cuff her.
As Southerland searched her vehicle, Gilpin continued to be “belligerent” and said she did not understand her Miranda Rights, Stargell reported.
Using a pawn ticket and an insurance card, Stargell was able to determine Gilpin’s identity. She never had a driver’s license, the report said.
Southerland reported finding a partially smoked marijuana cigarette in a backpack in the vehicle.
A jail officer was called to the scene to take her to the Brown County Law Enforcement Center. EMS was called to the jail to flush Gilpin’s eyes with water to relieve the effects of the pepper spray.
The report said that before being booked in, Gilpin removed a baggie of marijuana, a glass pipe and a lighter from her front pocket.
On March 3 she was charged with battery by means of a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony; resisting law enforcement, a Level 6 felony; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor; operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license, a Class C misdemeanor; and refusal to identify self, a Class C misdemeanor.