Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Queens Woman Run Over A Police Officer

NEW YORK (AP),U.S -- A Queens woman already accused of endangering her infant daughter has been arraigned on charges that she ran over a police officer who was arresting another motorist at a checkpoint for drunken drivers on New Year's Day.

Denise Messner, 28, was drunk when she struck police Officer John Walsh, his vehicle and the other motorist's car at about 1:30 a.m. on the Grand Central Parkway near the entrance to the Long Island Expressway, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Walsh, who had been arresting the other motorist for drunken driving when he was hit, suffered cuts, bruises, a head injury and a leg injury requiring surgery, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a news release.

A criminal complaint alleges that Messner smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred her speech. Her driver's license apparently was suspended, prosecutors said.

Messner was charged with second-degree assault, reckless driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and other offenses. She was arraigned on Monday night before Judge Joseph Zayas, who set bail at $250,000.

A telephone message left for Messner's lawyer was not immediately returned Tuesday evening.

Messner already faced charges including child endangerment and resisting arrest after she swung her 1-month-old daughter around in an infant carrier on Dec. 9 while screaming that she didn't want the baby, a criminal complaint said. That case is pending.

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