SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.—A local driver is accused of hitting a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy while trying to flee a traffic stop.
Authorities said Lannette Hoffman, 47, hit the deputy with her driver’s side mirror as she took off near Cuba and Hastings on Tuesday. The impact near knocked the deputy underneath Hoffman’s truck according to deputies.
The deputy pulled over Hoffman when he noticed her Ford F150 driving in reverse near Cuba and Hastings. The deputy activated his emergency lights in an effort to stop the vehicle.
Hoffman stopped her car. The deputy went to the driver’s side window of Hoffman’s car and she gave the deputy several false names according to authorities.
Authorities said that is when Hoffman rolled up her window, locked the door and fled the scene in reverse. She struck the deputy with the driver’s side mirror. The deputy told dispatch that he was in pursuit of Hoffman.
She once again stopped her vehicle, placed the truck in drive and struck the front of the deputy’s patrol car according to deputies. Authorities said Hoffman then left her car and fled.
The deputy and an unknown United Parcel Service driver caught Hoffman and took her into custody. The UPS driver left the scene before the deputy could thank him for his assistance.
Hoffman was booked into jail for the felony charges of Second Degree Assault and Eluding.