Driver Strikes Officer who was Directing Traffic

Credit: Josh HallettNewark Police have arrested a 29-year-old woman and charged her with driving under the influence after she hit a University of Delaware Police officer.

Police officials report that 29-year-old Melinda Dunlap of Dover, had been driving her vehicle on East Delaware Avenue on Friday. At approximately 2:30 p.m. she struck an officer who was directing traffic with her vehicle.

The traffic officer had directed Dunlap to stop in order to allow pedestrians to cross the street. Rather than stopping, Dunlap struck the officer in the right arm, then then fled the scene of the incident.

Dunlap was chased on foot by the officer, then taken into custody after she struck a 1999 Oldsmobile sedan.

The traffic officer was treated on the scene of the accident for minor injuries to his right elbow. The driver of the Oldsmobile was not injured in the incident.

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