Cops: Woman who fled hit-run rams police cars

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A Hicksville woman involved in a hit-and-run accident sprayed the contents of a can marked Endust into her mouth in front of officers, then rammed several police cars, injuring three officers, during the subsequent pursuit Thursday, Nassau County police said.

Catherine Sharkey, 28, of 169 Scooter Lane, was finally arrested after the 15-minute pursuit that began and ended in Hicksville, police said.

She was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, illegal use of toxic vapors, leaving the scene of an incident with property damage, leaving the scene of an incident with injury and reckless driving, police said.

Sharkey faces bedside arraignment at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where she was taken for treatment of a broken ankle and was in stable condition.

The three injured officers, who were not identified, were treated at hospitals Thursday night and released.

The 2002 Ford Sharkey drove in the accident and pursuit was impounded, police said.

The incident began when a 54-year-old woman called 911 at about 5:05 p.m. to tell them her 2006 Mercedes-Benz had been struck while parked on Dean Street in Hicksville -- and that a 2002 Ford had fled the scene, police said.

Responding officers located the Ford further down Dean Street and said Sharkey was behind the wheel with the engine running and the doors locked.

Police said Sharkey appeared unresponsive, and she suddenly reached for an aerosol can marked Endust -- and "sprayed its contents into her mouth several times."

As officers attempted to gain entry to the vehicle, police said Sharkey put it in reverse, striking a car, then put it into drive -- almost striking the officers.

Sharkey drove west on Dean and turned south onto Scooter Lane, police said. Then, she turned north onto Jerusalem Avenue. Approaching Tobias Street, police said, Sharkey lost control and struck the curb and a stop sign. She then put the car in reverse and struck a marked police unit -- pushing it into a second unit, causing the officer to suffer arm, neck and shoulder injuries, police said.

From Tobias the chase headed east and back onto northbound Jerusalem. Police said that, approaching 2nd Street, Sharkey struck a police car, causing neck and back injuries to the officer inside.

Police said Sharkey then drove directly into another police car, causing the officer to suffer a back injury.

But, police said, Sharkey wasn't done.

She continued on Jerusalem, driving "erratically and sideswiping a police car," before losing control as she approached Broadway, police said. There, she struck a utility pole near the corner of Broadway and East Barclay Street.

Officers approached the car and one saw Sharkey attempt to put the vehicle in reserve once more, police said. This time, police said, one of the first responding officers broke one of the windows in an attempt to stop Sharkey, cutting his arms and hands. Sharkey continued to refuse officers, police said.

Eventually, she was placed in custody.

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