An Annville woman faces a preliminary hearing Friday in Madison District Court after Berea Police say she hit her boyfriend with her car Sept. 30 in a parking lot behind Boone Tavern and dragged him about 10 feet.

She is charged with second-degree assault, a Class C felony punishable by a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

According to Berea Police spokesperson Capt. Ken Clark, Natasha Lynn Bowles, 33, hit Jerry Smith, 24, of McKee with her car during an altercation shortly after noon on the 30th.

Based on information gathered from the pair, Clark said Smith drove the vehicle, registered to Bowles, to work that day.

“He was employed on the Boone Tavern renovation project or at a College Square business,” Clark said.

“Ms. Bowles came to the parking lot shortly after noon, got in the car and was driving away when Smith attempted to stop her by standing in front of the vehicle.

“She bumped him three times with the car,” Clark said.

“The third bump knocked Smith into the air. He landed on the hood and rolled to the ground,” Clark said. “His clothing was caught by the car, and Smith was dragged for about 10 feet before he got loose.”

Bowles left the scene, Clark said.

Berea Police and Madison County Emergency Medical Service responded to a 911 call at 12:26 p.m.

Smith suffered two serious wounds in one leg, Clark said.

“Gravel was deeply embedded in his flesh,” he said.

Smith was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital-Berea.

The hospital’s public relations office did not respond to a message left Tuesday afternoon.

Clark said Smith may have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, but he was not listed as a patient Tuesday.

A UK spokesperson said information about patients is no longer available several days after their release. She could not say if Smith had been treated there last week.

Clark said Berea Police had no update on Smith’s condition.

After they “made contact” with Bowles, she came to the Berea Police station for questioning Oct. 1, Clark said.

Based on the statements by Smith and Bowles, Clark said investigating officer James Hampton determined he had enough evidence to charge Bowles with second-degree assault.

The charge is appropriate when someone uses a weapon or other instrument to intentionally inflict serious injury, Clark said.

Bowles was booked Oct. 1 at the Madison County Detention Center. She was released Oct. 3 on a $5,000 property bond, according to a jail spokesperson.

Bill Robinson can be reached at or at 623-1669, Ext. 267.

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