Woman, 19, wanted for allegedly injuring two Hamilton cops arrested

The officers were struck by a vehicle during a New Year’s Eve RIDE program

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Hamilton Police have arrested a woman who was wanted for allegedly striking two of their members during a New Year’s Eve RIDE program.

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Hannah Pietrantuono, 19, surrendered to Brantford police on Thursday afternoon.

Police say the officers were speaking with a pair of drivers at about 10:55 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Claremont Access when a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe drove through the RIDE lanes and hit the cops.

The officers were knocked unconscious and seriously injured, but have since been released from hospital. Police say they are still recovering.

The Hyundai was recovered unoccupied shortly afterwards in the Inverness Ave. and Belair Dr. area.

Police allege the same Hyundai was involved in an incident earlier in the day in the Fennell Ave. E. and Hoover Cr. area where officers had approached a driver who was unconscious at the wheel.

When they tried to make an arrest, the driver drove off, striking a police cruiser on the way.

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Pietrantuono is charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, two counts of fail to comply with probation, failure to stop after an accident causing bodily harm, impaired operation, dangerous operation, flight from a peace officer, failure to stop after an accident, and resist arrest.

“Hamilton Police would like to thank the public for the phone calls, emails and social media messages showing support for our injured members,” police said in a new release. “We would also like to thank the community for providing video surveillance, witness statements and tips.”

kconnor@postmedia.com

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