Washington woman accused of hitting officer with her car

Washington woman accused of hitting officer with her car

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – Police say a Washington woman is accused of hitting an officer with her vehicle.

The Daily Herald reports 28-year-old Vanessa Cuevas of Mount Vernon was charged with second-degree assault for a Feb. 28 hit-and-run where she hit Everett Police Officer Mark Smith twice with her car.

Cuevas has pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for mid-May.

Smith spotted Cuevas in her car, and says she appeared to be preparing to use drugs. Smith decided to investigate and asked Cuevas to step out of her car. Smith says Cuevas refused and backed into the officer. Police say she struck Smith again as she got away.

Smith recorded the incident with his camera. They found Cuevas in Wenatchee and arrested her.

Officer Aaron Snell says Smith is back at work.