Dothan Police Officer Dragged By An Impaired Driver

On the evening of March 5, 2020, the Dothan Police Department received multiple calls reporting a possible impaired driver traveling on Ross Clark Circle dragging the rear bumper with no headlights on.  An officer made contact with the vehicle and driver in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Ross Clark Circle.  The officer observed the driver passed out in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  The officer woke the driver up and obtained her identification.  She was identified as 37 year old female, Jennifer Linsey Viveiros.  When the officer obtained the identification, Viveiros attempted to leave the parking lot by starting the vehicle and putting it in drive.  The officer attempted to stop her by trying to take the key from the vehicle and putting it into park.  During this time, Viveiros was able to get the vehicle in drive and accelerated forward dragging the officer and almost striking other vehicles in the parking lot.  Viveiros then put the vehicle in reverse and drug the officer backwards before putting the vehicle in drive and accelerating forward a second time, still dragging the officer.  Viveiros then struck a buggy corral in the parking lot, ejecting the officer from the vehicle.

Viveiros got back on Ross Clark Circle and continued to travel south, sill with no headlights on.  A concerned citizen who witnessed this incident followed Viveiros’ vehicle and continued to update the communication center on her location until  other officers were able to get Viveiros stopped in the 2200 block of Ross Clark Circle.  Viveiros then refused to get out of her vehicle again.  A K9 was utilized to apprehend Viveiros and she was taken into custody.  Viveiros and the officer were both taken to Southeast Health.  Viveiros was treated for a K9 bite and evaluated for impairment.  The officer was treated for minor injuries and released.

Viveiros was charged with one count of assault second degree with more charges pending as the investigation continues. Her bond for the assault second degree is $15,000.00.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Updated on 3/6/2020 at 7:33 am — an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the location of the incident as the 2900 block of Ross Clark Cir it should be the 2600 block.