Cops: DWI suspect detained after chase in Medford
A Medford woman, allegedly driving erratically and under the influence of alcohol, has been accused of taking Suffolk police on a miles-long pursuit Friday night, crashing into a stop sign and two vehicles, including a patrol car, before officers detained her.
Two Sixth Precinct officers received minor injuries.
Pendoria Jackson, 45, of Gray Avenue, is set to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. She faces charges of driving while intoxicated, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
The incident began about 9:30 p.m. Friday, when Fifth Precinct Officer Jaime Bustamante was notified of a Ford sport utility vehicle driving erratically south on Sills Road in Medford. Bustamante pulled over the SUV near Horseblock and Sills roads. But, police said, Jackson refused to lower her window and drove away when Bustamante tried to open her door. The police followed and Suffolk aviation units were called to assist.
The SUV was driven to Woodside Avenue and County Road 101 in Bellport, where it struck a stop sign and a Fifth Precinct police vehicle and narrowly missed two officers on foot, police said. The officer in the police vehicle was not injured.
Jackson was detained after she smashed into a Jeep Cherokee that was stopped at a red light at Woodside and Harlem avenues, police said.
Two Sixth Precinct officers were injured while attempting to break the window of Jackson's vehicle. They were treated for minor injuries at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue. Jackson and the driver of the Cherokee also were treated for minor injuries at Brookhaven Memorial.
Jackson was to be arraigned Saturday, but after arriving at First District Court she was taken to the emergency room at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for an undisclosed issue. Reached at the hospital, Jackson refused to comment.