Authorities: Alabama woman faces charges for police pursuit, shooting at officers
An Alabama woman is facing several charges for allegedly shooting at police officers while also leading them on a chase through several New Jersey towns.
New Jersey State Police say that 30-year-old Lakisha Maldonado of Leeds, Alabama, was charged with attempted murder for shooting at Ringwood Borough police officers Wednesday morning.
Authorities say that those Ringwood officers saw Maldonado’s Ford Explorer parked in Ringwood State Park on Sloatsburg Road around 5:30 a.m. While they were attempting to speak with her, Maldonado allegedly drove away - causing injury to one of the officers.
Police say that the officers tried to pull Maldonado over, but she continued to drive away and lead police on a chase on Interstate 287. Maldonado's SUV eventually broke down in Mahwah. State police say she brandished a gun when the officers approached her and that she shot at the officers three times. None of the officers were struck.
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Maldonado was then placed under arrest, according to authorities.
In addition to attempted murder charges, she is also facing charges of eluding, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a weapon. She is being held at the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing.
State police say that Maldonado will also face additional charges in Passaic County.