Woman charged, incident results in cops hit by car
LISBON — A Wellsville woman who tried to flee from police appeared in custody for arraignment Thursday in county Municipal Court.
A March 21 preliminary hearing was set for Krista L. Luckino, 47, Maple Avenue, Wellsville, charged with failure to comply and felonious assault.
According to court records, on Tuesday Wellsville police were called to Pep’s Mini Mart, Clark Avenue, where it was reported a woman was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot for three hours. Police Chief Eddie Wilson said someone called and asked for police to come check on the woman.
When the car was approached by police, Luckino reportedly told them she was scratching lottery tickets, but when police ran her license, she was found to have an expired license. Police asked her for permission to search the vehicle, but she reportedly told them “no, follow me home,” before putting her vehicle in reverse.
The car struck the leg of Patrolman John Shaughnessy, who was attempting to get Luckino out of the vehicle through the driver’s door. Another patrolman, Danny Wallace, was walking around the vehicle. Luckino next reportedly drove forward and struck Wallace as well.
Wilson said Luckino took off the wrong way down the one-way street. Both police officers returned to the patrol car and pursued Luckino, finding her near her parent’s home, which Wilson said was near the intersection of 18th and Commerce streets.
Wilson said there they broke out the window on the passenger side of the vehicle and she was taken into custody. The vehicle, which belongs to her parents, was towed, Wilson said. He also believed a small amount of marijuana may have been found inside the vehicle.
Judge Mark Frost set bond for Luckino at $50,000 cash or surety.
Wilson said both police officers were sore and medically checked, but both had returned to work by Thursday.