SHERIFF: Deputy run over by drunk driver, airlifted to Regional One seriously injured

DESOTO CO., MISS — DeSoto County Sheriff’s are shining more light on the events that left one of their own fighting for his life at a Memphis hospital.

DeSoto County Sheriff’ Bill Rasco said one of his deputies, Austin Eldridge, was helping change a tire for a driver on I-269 near Laughter Road around 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

That’s when Rasco said 37-year-old Katherine Harris of Memphis ran into him.

Eldridge was pinned beneath Harris’ vehicle and suffered serious injuries to both of his legs, officials said.

The deputy was airlifted to Regional One hospital and is expected to undergo surgery today and Monday, according to Rasco.

On Saturday, Rasco sounded hopeful about his deputy’s recovery.

“He’s tough and fighting a battle right now, but he said he will be back,” Rasco said.

Authorities said they gave Harris multiple sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, which she failed.

Harris was arrested and charged with DUI involving death or serious bodily injury.

If you want to help Deputy Eldridge and his family during this time, you can donate to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office GoFundMe for the deputy.