Suspect in Custody After Woman Rammed Cruisers, Led Officers on Chase: Police

Hartford police said they have taken a suspect into custody after an incident that spanned Plymouth, Bristol and Hartford on Tuesday and they identified her as 26-year-old Bernice Martinez.

According to Plymouth police, a woman rammed several cruisers in Plymouth and led police on a chase Tuesday afternoon before abandoning the vehicle in Hartford.

The Plymouth police investigation started when they were someone called them around 12:37 p.m. about a crash on South Riverside Avenue in Plymouth and said a 2014 Kia Sportage had just sideswiped another vehicle and both vehicles had left the scene.

Then at 12:46 p.m., another caller reported the Kia, which had damage, was at the Patco Convenience Store at 131 Main St. in Terryville and the driver was trying to inflate a flat tire.

The officer who arrived found a 2014 Kia Sportage and saw a female trying to inflate. When the officer approached, the female appeared nervous and anxious. She was asked to stand, but she refused, and the officer grabbed her arm, but she pulled away and tried to get away, police said.

She then got into the vehicle and tried to shut the driver's side door on the officer’s arm, according to police. The officer then grabbed her shirt to remove her from the vehicle, but she backed up and the officer let go to avoid being hit, police said.

While trying to get away, the driver hit a pickup, backed into the officer’s police cruiser and into a concrete barrier several times until she was able to flee, according to police.

Then she hit another police cruiser, drove on the sidewalk, hit a building and got away, hitting another cruiser while turning onto Main Street, according to police.

She then drove away, with one flat tire, and led police on a high-speed chase in Bristol where the pursuit ended after conditions became too dangerous, police said.

Police said that at that point, officers were not aware of a domestic incident just occurred minutes before at a residence in Terryville.

Plymouth police said Hartford Police found the 2014 Kia Sportage in Hartford. They said the vehicle hit a pedestrian and the driver had abandoned the vehicle, but Hartford police said no pedestrian was struck and Hartford police did not pursue the vehicle. They said there was a minor crash with a van in Hartford.

Plymouth police said they identified the suspect and an arrest warrant application is pending.

On Wednesday morning, police said Hartford police took the suspe3ct into custody while investigating a domestic violence incident in Clay Arsenal neighborhood.

Editor's Note: Plymouth police said the vehicle struck a pedestrian in Hartford, but Hartford police said a pedestrian was not struck.

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