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UPDATE on 6/12: The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:
County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that a criminal complaint has been filed against Elizabeth Rich (DOB 3/15/83). According to the probable cause statement filed by Phoenix Police, Rich was the passenger in a car that had been pulled over by police on June 6, 2009.
The driver was arrested on outstanding warrants. When the officer wanted to talk to Rich, who also had outstanding warrants, Rich allegedly jumped into the driver's seat and hit the gas. The probable cause statement also says Rich partially closed the car window while the officer's arm was inside the car.
The officer was dragged for about half a mile before he freed himself. The car soon crashed and Rich allegedly fled on foot. She was quickly arrested. The officer was injured but is expected to make a full recovery.
Rich faces charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, unlawful flight, leaving the scene of an accident.
Thomas stated, "We are relieved the officer survived. This office views attacks on police officers as an attack on the entire community."
UPDATE: Phoenix police have identified the suspect as Elizabeth Ann Rich, 26.
She has been charged with one count of aggravated assault on a police officer, one count of resisting arrest, one count of unlawful flight and one count of hit and run accident.
Rich also has three felony warrants for her arrest at the time of the incident.
The sergeant is recovering in the hospital and appears to be doing well despite being in a lot of pain. Police have not yet released his identity.
PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Phoenix Police Department:
On June 6, 2009, at about at about 5:00 p.m., a plain clothes detective and a sergeant were in the area of 17th Avenue and Missouri.At that time, they observed several subjects acting suspiciously and called for uniform officers to stop the vehicle the people were in.The car was subsequently stopped at 17th Avenue and Missouri.During the course of the traffic stop, officers found that the driver, a 31-year-old white male had and outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.He was arrested and taken into custody.
The officers were attempting to identify the 26-year-old woman, seated in the front passenger seat, when she began to act extremely nervous.The sergeant leaned into the window to grab the woman and she pushed the button to roll up the window, which trapped the sergeant in the window.At that time she pushed the gas pedal and jumped behind the steering wheel and sped away, with the sergeant trapped in the window.There was a 28-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl in the back seat of the car.
The car traveled at a high rate of speed southbound on 17th Avenue to Denton, where it turned east.The patrol officers began to pursue the car, which drove east on Denton two blocks to 15th Avenue.At 15th Avenue, the car turned south about 50 yards, at which time the sergeant was able to free himself from the car and fell into the street.He was drug approximately three blocks at a high rate of speed.
The suspect car continued south on 15th Avenue to Camelback where it turned east and eventually stopped at about 1200 W. Camelback.The woman was taken into custody and the other occupants detained.It was determined that the woman had an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest.The investigation is continuing, but she will face additional charges in connection with this incident.
The sergeant was transported to a local hospital.He suffered significant bruises and abrasions, but fortunately his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.