LETHBRIDGE -- A 28 year old Standoff woman has been charged after she used a vehicle to strike an officer while escaping custody.
The incident happened around 2:30 Sunday (Feb 3) afternoon, as officers were conducting patrols in the area of the 200 block of 15 Street North. They noticed a Chrysler Sebring that had been involved in an incident on February 1, where the woman fled from police.
Officers knocked at the door of a home and saw the woman inside along with a man who was known to have outstanding warrants. Both exited the home and were arrested and handcuffed.
As one of the officers was going to retrieve the woman’s purse from the passenger side of the vehicle she jumped into the driver’s seat with her handcuffs now in front, locked the doors, started the vehicle without any keys and quickly accelerated in reverse, striking the officer.
The vehicle fled into oncoming traffic on 13 Street North and continued at a high rate of speed. The officer who was struck sustained minor injuries.
Later Sunday night, the woman was located on the Blood Reserve by Blood Tribe Police. She was arrested and transported back to Lethbridge. The vehicle she was driving was seized.
Sarah Cheyenne Goodstriker faces six charges, including, Assaulting a Peace Officer with a weapon; Escaping lawful custody; Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; Obstructing a Peace Officer (providing a false name); Intent to avoid arrest and Flight from a Peace Officer.
Goodstriker is in custody awaiting a Judicial Interim Release hearing.
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