- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 16-year-old girl and a Stillwater County sheriff’s deputy were injured when the girl tried to jump out of a patrol car on Interstate 90 near Laurel, the Montana Highway Patrol said.

Officials say the girl was sentenced in Stillwater County on Thursday morning for a drug violation and was being returned to a youth detention facility in Billings.

Patrol Capt. Keith Edgell said the teen was in the back seat of the car, handcuffed with the cuffs secured to a leather belly restraint, but she was somehow able to unbuckle her seat belt and get to the door handle.

The deputy turned around when he heard the door open, and he grabbed the leather restraint to try to prevent the girl from jumping out of the car. That caused the deputy to lose control of the vehicle, which hit the median divider. It’s unclear how fast the car was going.

Edgell said the girl fell onto the road and suffered road rash. Outside temperatures were about 15 below at the time.

Edgell says the girl was hospitalized, while the deputy was treated and released.

“He’s doing good,” Edgell said. “Mentally, he’s a little shaken.”

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