Hartford police arrest woman who struck 3 police cruisers in Plymouth, other vehicles before high-speed pursuit

Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 19:59


PLYMOUTH - Hartford police have arrested a woman who struck three police cruisers in Plymouth on Tuesday, along with a building and other vehicles before leading police on a high-speed pursuit.

Bernice Martinez, 26, was arrested Wednesday following a domestic dispute in Hartford. Plymouth police early Wednesday said they intend to charge her in connection with an incident in which she struck multiple cruisers during her getaway.

According to police, following the incident in Plymouth Tuesday, Martinez made it to Bristol, where the pursuit was shut down. Plymouth police initially said she later struck a pedestrian in Hartford, but Hartford police on Wednesday said it was actually a van that she crashed into. She abandoned her vehicle after the crash in Hartford, police said. The vehicle has been described as a white 2014 Kia Sportage.

No injuries were reported in any of the crashes.

According to Plymouth police, officers were called Tuesday around 12:30 p.m. on the report of a Kia Sportage sideswiping another vehicle on South Riverside Avenue. Both vehicles took off from the scene.

Just less than 10 minutes later, police received another call, this one reporting the damaged Sportage was pulled over at the Patco Convenience Store, at 131 Main St., where the driver, later identified as Martinez, was attempting to put air into one of the tires.

An officer approached Martinez, later noting that she appeared “nervous and anxious.” She refused to stand up and was grabbed by the officer. Martinez then pulled away and attempted to flee, police said. She made it to the driver seat, and the officer was able to get a hold of her shirt. Martinez tried to close the SUV’s door on the officer’s arm, according to police. She then, police said, put the Sportage into reverse, so the officer let go of her to avoid being struck.

Martinez backed into a pickup truck before striking a police cruiser, according to police. She then struck a concrete barrier multiple times and another police cruiser. Police said she then struck the convenience store and got onto Route 6, where she struck a third police cruiser.

Still with one flat tire, Martinez engaged police in a high-speed pursuit into Bristol, where the chase was called off for safety concerns.

According to Plymouth police, officers in Hartford located the Kia Sportage after it was involved in an accident. The vehicle was abandoned.

Martinez was later found and arrested during a domestic dispute in Hartford.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 19:59. Updated: Wednesday, 29 May 2019 20:02.