Burlington, CT - Eileen Pierce was both mad at police and the fact that Donald Trump is President when she intentionally tried to run over a Burlington Police Officer Thursday afternoon.
According to The Hartford Courant, the incident occurred about 2:45 PM while Burlington Police Officer Robert Russell was directing traffic for tree trimmers on Route 69. Officer Russell, who is a retired Hartford Police Officer, was walking back to his patrol vehicle, which had its emergency lights activated. In a report, Officer Russell said that he saw a southbound Subaru wagon being driven by a woman later identified as Eileen Pierce, suddenly veer into the northbound lane and head directly toward him.
Officer Russell was barely able to get out of the way in time, and Pierce's vehicle then almost hit the tree trimming crew. As Pierce's car passed Officer Russell, he heard her yelling outside the driver's side window and saw her shaking her fist at him. He got into his patrol vehicle and pursued Pierce, until she stopped at the Burlington-Bristol town line.
He asked Pierce if she had intentionally tried to hit him and she said that she was upset with police. According to Officer Russell's report, "she continued to emotionally ramble on for several minutes, that she has been victimized over her lifetime and that the police are being murdered because the police tend to abuse our rights." Pierce, age 58, continued to talk about the issues that she was angry at "including the fact that Donald Trump is the president."
Pierce was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Second-Degree Assault with a Motor Vehicle, First-Degree Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Drive in a Proper Lane. She had her first court appearance on Friday, in Superior Court in Bristol. Pierce remains in custody under $5,000 bond.
Thankfully, nobody was injured in the incident.
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