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Woman Charged With Running Over Officer's Foot In New Canaan Police Pursuit

Donna Berisha of South Salem, N.Y., was arrested on numerous charges after crashing into two New Canaan Police vehicles and injuring an officer during a pursuit early Friday.
Donna Berisha of South Salem, N.Y., was arrested on numerous charges after crashing into two New Canaan Police vehicles and injuring an officer during a pursuit early Friday. Photo Credit: New Canaan Police Department

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A Westchester woman is facing serious charges after she drove over the foot of one New Canaan Police officer and forced another to jump behind his car after she drove directly at him early Friday during a police chase, New Canaan police said.

Donna Berisha, 52, of 6 Audubon Road, South Salem, is 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. Berisha was held on $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

The incident started just before 1 a.m., when an officer noticed a vehicle stopped with its hazard lights flashing, partially obstructing the northbound lane of Oenoke Ridge Road in New Canaan. The officer spoke briefly with Berisha, who was behind the wheel, police said.

The officer obtained her driver’s license but Berisha drove away from the officers, who engaged a pursuit, police said.

During the pursuit, Berisha crashed into two New Canaan police cars, police said.

At several points during the pursuit, officers were able to get Berisha to stop her vehicle and attempts to remove her from the car were made, police said.

However, during one these attempts, she ran over an officer’s foot and caused an injury to that officer’s shoulder, police said. During another attempt to remove Berisha from the car, she drove directly at an officer, forcing that officer to jump behind his police car for protection, police said.

The pursuit concluded on Audubon Road in South Salem, N.Y., with the assistance of the New York State Police.

The injured officer was later treated and released from Norwalk Hospital.

The two police vehicles sustained minor to moderate damage and were able to be driven from the scene, police said.

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