Police: Impatient woman rammed Fort Worth patrol car

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FORT WORTH -- Patience is a virtue. Lack of it, however, can get you arrested. A 39-year-old woman, who police say was too impatient to wait in traffic, was arrested early this morning after refusing to pull over for police, then intentionally ramming a K-9 police officer's patrol car in her attempt to get away.

Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman, said the K-9 officer had tried to pull over Angela Michelle Smith after witnessing a 1991 Oldsmobile drive over a curb to get around traffic stopped at a red light at Riverside Drive and East Lancaster Avenue.

But the driver continued east on Lancaster at speeds that reached 70 mph until slamming on her brakes and screeching to a halt at a red light at Beach Street, Henderson said.

As the officer pulled up behind her, police say the woman put her car in reverse, stomped on the gas pedal, and rammed the police car before continuing east on Lancaster.

At the Perkins Street intersection, the woman once again stopped, Henderson said. He said officers were approaching the car on foot to arrest the driver when she, once again, threw the car in reverse, narrowly missing another police cruiser.

The pursuit ended in the 4000 block of E. Lancaster, where Smith was arrested without further incident.

Henderson said officers discovered the woman had traffic warrants for unpaid tickets. She also now will face charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer and evading arrest.

Henderson said the officer and his dog were not injured in the incident, nor was their patrol car damaged. The Oldsmobile sustained some damage to its rear bumper, Henderson said.

DEANNA BOYD, 817-390-7655

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