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Jan 9, 2013 7:35 PM by Irina Cates - KPAX News

Suspect accused of running over Missoula officer appears in court

MISSOULA - The woman who is accused of running over a Missoula Police officer went from the hospital to a pair of court rooms on Wednesday, and second person was arrested in the case, accused of hiding the suspect.

Dawnette Jean Eaton appeared in Missoula District Court Wednesday afternoon for violating her probation. Prosecutors stated that on December 23rd police responded to Eaton's Missoula home where someone overdosed on drugs.

"A search of the defendant's bedroom yielded nearly $1,600 in cash, a variety of pills, four bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine and a large bag of what appeared to be black tar heroin," Judge Ed McLean said from the bench.

Eaton appeared in Missoula Justice Court shortly after that to face new charges, which for now include escape and leaving the scene of an accident.

"I would also ask the court the set a reappearance date for Friday. I believe more charges will be forthcoming. The officers involved were just being interview this afternoon and I need to read those reports before filing more charges," Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks told the court.

Eaton is accused of running over Missoula police officer Deni Poling on Monday night, while she and Lt. Rich Stepper tried to arrest her on a warrant in the McDonald's parking lot on East Broadway.

Eaton backed over the officer and took off, but not before Stepper shot her while trying to get her to stop.

A second person was taken into custody Tuesday night when the Missoula County Sheriff's Office arrested Kimberly Inman, 34, for hiding Eaton while police searched for her.

"She came in for an interview and talked about what she had done, which included getting a call from Eaton, going to her aid, picking her up, and taking her up to the apartment in the South Hills area," Marks said.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jason Johnson says they are still investigating the incident.

"We still need to talk to a couple of people who were directly involved in helping Eaton that evening. But if anybody has information that would help the investigation, we sure like to hear from them," Johnson commented.

He added that Poling is in stable condition and is still recovering from her injuries in the Intensive Care Until at St. Patrick Hospital.

Anyone with information about Monday evening's incident is asked to call Sergeant TJ McDermott at the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

Eaton remains behind bars, where she's being held on $400,000 bail.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Sergeant TJ McDermott at the Missoula County Sheriff's Office at (406) 258.4810.

Johnson says Poling is in stable condition and she's continuing to recover from her injuries in St. Patrick Hospital's ICU.

Eaton's bail was set at $150,000 for the probation violation and at $250,000 for the new charges.

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