Woman Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Car into Police Vehicles

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A woman who allegedly purposefully rammed her car into two police vehicles before crashing into a third and leading Berkeley police on a foot chase was arrested today in South Berkeley.

Vanessa Williams, 24, of Berkeley, was taken into custody Friday after allegedly trying to evade Berkeley Police Department officers, who stopped her 1996 Honda Passport - which had allegedly been used as a getaway vehicle in a grocery store robbery last week - near the 1500 block of Stuart Street, according to a statement from the department.

According to the statement, Williams pulled the vehicle into a residential driveway, where she "refused all orders from the officers to comply while revving the Honda's engine."

Williams then put the vehicle into reverse and rammed into a police car, the statement says. She next pulled forward and again reversed, this time striking a support column of an apartment building staircase and "narrowly missing a police officer." She continued in reverse, again striking the police car and the apartment building, according to the statement.

Next, "in the continued efforts to get away," Williams sped across a lawn and collided with another police car, rendering it inoperable and again almost striking two police officers, according to the statement.

She then allegedly fled east on Stuart, aimed the Honda at another police vehicle and nearly hit it head on.

After continuing to flee north on California Street and pulling into a residential driveway just past Dwight Way, Williams crashed through a wooden fence and continued on foot, according to the statement. She was chased by several officers and taken into custody following a brief struggle.

No one was injured in the incident.

Williams was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on ten charges, including hit and run, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and violating probation.

The department's investigation of the March 18 grocery store robbery and assault with a deadly weapon is ongoing.

Williams is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at 2 p.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.


Sarah Springfield is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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