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Woman accused of striking Arizona trooper with car arrested

March 30, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman who allegedly struck an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper with her vehicle during an attempted traffic stop in Phoenix has been arrested.

DPS officials said 18-year-old Salina Avila of Phoenix has been booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on an officer, theft and possession of a dangerous drug.

It was unclear Tuesday if Avila has a lawyer for her case yet.

DPS officials said the incident occurred March 6 around 3 a.m.

A trooper clocked a car at more than 100 mph on Interstate 17 and the driver got out of the vehicle and ran away.

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The trooper chased after that person on foot when Avila allegedly struck him with a pickup truck.

DPS officials said the trooper feared for his life and shot at the truck as it sped away.

DPS says the trooper was taken to a hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

The male driver of the other speeding car who fled from the scene on foot has not been located yet.