A Florida woman was arrested after she hit a deputy with a stolen car.
Manatee County deputies said they were able to find a stolen car, but the driver managed to get away after she was involved in a crash. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit relocated the stolen white Ford Taurus as it parked on the south side of Mad Marks at 30th Avenue East and 1st Street.
The driver, Katarina Vanfossen, tried to pull the car forward to leave the parking lot as deputies moved in to conduct a takedown. The sheriff’s office said one of the deputies responded to the scene parked her unmarked car in the stolen car’s path, but the driver backed away from the deputy’s car.
The deputy got out of her car and gave commands to the driver. MCSO said that’s when Vanfossen rapidly accelerated forward and hit the deputy with the front of the car, propelling the deputy onto the hood and windshield.
The car continued to accelerate and hit another MCSO car and came to an abrupt stop, according to Manatee County deputies. The deputy flew off the car and landed hard on the pavement.
Vanfossen got out of the car and was quickly arrested by other deputies on scene. She was arrested for motor vehicle theft, fleeing to elude, leaving the scene of a crash, and second degree attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.
The deputy suffered various injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment, MCSO said. She is in good condition and expected to be released.