Woman who ran over deputy in DUI crash sentenced to 20 years

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A woman who ran over a former DeSoto County deputy while he was changing a tire on the side of the interstate has been sentenced to two decades behind bars for the crash which left him permanently injured.

Katherine Harris, 37, was drunk as she drove down I-269 on February 5, 2021, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputy Austin Eldridge, 27 at the time of the crash, was helping a stranded driver change a tire.

Harris ran into Eldridge, forever changing his life. The deputy was airlifted to the hospital, fighting for his life with severe injuries to the lower portion of his body. Eventually, Eldridge was forced to have the lower half of one of his legs amputated below the knee.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, Harris was found guilty of DUI resulting in permanent injury.

She was sentenced to 20 years in prison on October 31, 2022, according to DeSoto County District Attorney Bob Morris.