N.Y. woman accused of running over police officer’s foot in chase
NEW CANAAN — A New York woman has been accused of fleeing a routine traffic stop, running over an officer’s foot and smashing into several police cruisers during a wild chase early Friday morning.
A New Canaan police officer initially approached Donna Berisha’s car when it was seen stopped with its hazard lights flashing and partially blocking the northbound lane of Oenoke Road about 1 a.m. Friday, police said.
After giving the officer her driver’s license, Berisha, 52, of South Salem, N.Y., drove away, according to the report. Berisha struck two police cars during the pursuit, causing minor to moderate damage, according to the report.
“At several points in the pursuit, officers were able to get Berisha’s vehicle to stop and attempts to remove her from the car were made,” the report said.
However, Berisha refused to get out of the car and drove over one officer’s foot, police said. The officer also suffered a shoulder injury during the incident, police said.
Another officer had to jump behind his car when Berisha drove directly at him, police said.
New York State Police assisted in the pursuit, which eventually ended on Audobon Road where Berisha lives in South Salem, according to the report.
Berisha was charged with three counts of assault on a police officer, conspiracy to attempt assault on a police officer, engaging police in a pursuit, failure to obey an officer’s signal, reckless driving and failure to drive right, according. Berisha was held on $10,000 bond and was expected to appear in court Friday.