A Perry County deputy broke her hand trying to take a woman she believed to be in mental distress, into custody. 37-year old Melissa M. Sharp of Perryville, was arrested Sunday and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Sheriff Gary Schaaf says deputy Amber Crites suffered a spiral crack in one bone in her right hand. Crites had a doctor assess the extent of the injury. Schaaf says Crites may be able to come back to work on light duty before her hand is completely healed. A probable cause affidavit says Sharp called the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department stating she had been abducted by two men and they had dropped her off at Timber Ridge Church on Route J. Crites responded. Sharp said she had been abducted by a pastor and another man and they had shown her pictures of dead animals, which she took as a threat. Crites decided that Sharp needed to be placed in protective custody for her own safety. She resisted. Schaaf did not say specifically that Sharp suffered from mental illness but said they do deal with people with mental health problems. When the two women became entangled, Crites’ hand was broken. An ex military female passerby offered help. Crites transported Sharp to Perry County Memorial Hospital where Crites’ injuries were treated. Any injuries to Sharp were not noted in the affidavit. Sharp was on probation for domestic assault.