An intoxicated woman allegedly struck a Fresno police officer with her vehicle Friday night while attempting to evade authorities.
The officer, who was not named, was patrolling on a bicycle in the Tower District around 9:35 p.m. when he saw two men arguing in the area of Fern and Wishon avenues, said Fresno police Officer Michael McCray. When he approached the men, they walked away and jumped into a vehicle driven by Enedia Romandia, 44, who then ran into the officer while driving away, McCray said. The officer had minor injuries to his upper body.
Romandia and her male passengers, later identified as Vincent Sanchez, 24, and Reuben Sanchez, 42, led police on a short chase through the Tower District. Police said Romandia became “increasingly dangerous” as she drove without headlights up a one-way street and failed to stop at signs and traffic signals.
She finally stopped at Van Ness and McKinley avenues, where all three were taken into custody. Police said Reuben Sanchez initially failed to comply with officers’ orders and a “less than lethal impact weapon,” which was not further described, was used to take him into custody.
Police said Romandia was booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle), failure to yield to officers, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving the wrong way along a one-way street and other traffic violations. Police said Vincent Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and Ruben Sanchez was taken custody on suspicion of obstructing and resisting police officers.