A 26-year-old Desert Hot Springs woman was behind bars today on suspicion of trying to strike a police officer with her vehicle and ramming his patrol car.
Someone reported a possibly intoxicated driver leaving Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs about 4:50 a.m., Sunday Feb. 10.
A police officer saw the vehicle going east on Alejo Road and followed it, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.
Adina Vanessa Clark pulled over and turned off the vehicle’s lights, he said.
The officer walked over and spoke to Clark as she sat in the driver’s seat “trying to conceal herself under her clothing,” Kovaleff said.
She started the vehicle and allegedly accelerated in reverse, “causing the officer to back away from the vehicle to avoid being struck,” Kovaleff said.
“Clark rammed the rear end of her vehicle into the front end of the patrol car, disabling the police car,” the sergeant alleged. “Clark continued to ignore the officer’s commands and proceeded to accelerate the vehicle forward while turning towards the officer standing in the street.”
Clark then sped off. The officer wasn’t hurt, Kovaleff said.
About five minutes later, an officer saw Clark near Vista Chino and Sunrise Way.
He stopped her vehicle, she resisted and was taken into custody, Kovaleff said.
Clark was being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $25,000 bail, and is expected to be arraigned on Thursday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.