Woman accused of dragging sister down road with car in La Center


LA CENTER, Ore. – A woman is accused of throwing her sister out of her car and dragging her alongside a vehicle in La Center on September 10.

A police officer responded to the incident at 11:25 p.m.

In a probable cause affidavit, the officer said Donna Rankins flagged down another woman near La Center High School. She told the woman her sister had just assaulted her, possibly broke her nose and threw her out of a vehicle.

The woman left after she called 911.

The officer said he found the victim near the entrance of the La Center Middle School in the 700 block of East 4th Street.

In the affidavit he said Rankins’ jeans were torn and her face had blood on it. She was also bleeding from her left elbow.

Rankins told the officer that her sister, Clara Christensen, was driving her to their mother’s house in La Center. On their way into town, they began arguing, the court document says.

Rankins said her sister thought she was drunk. She told the officer her sister elbowed and punched her in the face a few times.

Rankins said she was assaulted in the vehicle on the road in front of the high school.

She said her sister stopped the vehicle and pushed her out of it. Rankins said when she got out, she was tangled in the seat belt.

In the affidavit, Rankins claims her sister kept driving, dragging Rankins along the road as she was screaming at her sister to stop.

Eventually, Christensen did stop, the affidavit says.

Rankins said her sister asked if she was OK. She said as soon as she freed herself from the seatbelt, her sister sped away.

The affidavit says Rankins was taken to the hospital

Christensen was arrested on charges of vehicular assault and second-degree domestic violence assault.

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