Police: Woman nearly ran over officer

Police charged an Altoona woman for resisting arrest and reckless endangerment after she allegedly drove away from an officer, who reached into her car, court documents stated.

Amy Becker, 59, was arraigned Wednesday on multiple charges relating to driving under the influence, fleeing police and endangering another person, according to Magisterial District Court records.

Police were dispatched to a residence on the 900 block of Seventh Avenue about 2 a.m. Wednesday, responding to a report of an altercation involving an intoxicated woman trying to leave in a car, the Altoona Police Department reported.

When police arrived at the scene, Becker was inside a vehicle arguing with her daughter, who was outside the vehicle, police said.

As an officer approached, Becker allegedly tried driving away, but stopped as the officer knocked on the window and asked Becker to put the car in park, court documents said.

Police said Becker was asked several times to put the vehicle in park, and the responding officer could immediately smell alcohol on Becker’s breath.

When Becker did not comply, the officer opened her car door and put the car in park, court documents state.

Once the vehicle was no longer at risk of rolling away, police grabbed Becker’s wrist to “assist her out of the car,” but Becker swatted the officer’s hand away, a criminal complaint stated.

Becker revved her engine and pulled away from the officer, who stepped back to avoid being hit by the vehicle, then she pulled into a driveway, police said.

Once the vehicle stopped, the officer again approached the vehicle, grabbed Becker’s wrist and used “substantial force to assist (Becker) out of the vehicle and onto the ground,” documents stated.

Becker’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28 with Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio.


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