ATLANTIC CITY — A city woman was charged after crashing into two cars, including an off-duty police officer’s personal vehicle, and leading police on a chase, police said.
Sgt. Jody Hersh had just gone off duty at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday and was in uniform when he encountered an aggressive driver behind his personal vehicle at a red light on Arctic Avenue near the Texas Avenue School, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.
When the light turned green, he heard honking behind him and saw a vehicle drive onto the shoulder and speed around another car as students and staff were being dismissed, Fair said.
Destinee Carpenter, 19, now behind Hersh, continued to honk her horn, he said. Carpenter’s vehicle struck the rear of Hersh’s as he was trying to stop, believing she may have had an emergency, Fair said.
Hersh approached Carpenter, who yelled at him, then put her car in reverse and drove away, Fair said. Hersh followed her and notified on-duty officers of her location.
Carpenter turned onto the north 100 block of Mississippi Avenue, hitting a car and continuing to drive. Hersh stopped to give medical attention to the 17-year-old Atlantic City driver of the vehicle that was hit, Fair said. The boy was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, with nonlife-threatening injuries, he said.
Officers Alberto Valles and Chris Dodson located Carpenter’s vehicle parked at Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern and found her hiding behind a Dumpster in the parking lot. Carpenter had an active warrant out for her arrest, and her driving privileges had been suspended in the state, Fair said.
She was charged with eluding, contempt of court, improper use of the horn, improper passing, driving while suspended, failure to report an accident, careless driving, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
She was released on a summons.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Accident Investigations Section at 609-347-5744 or text anonymously to tip411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD.