Woman, 19, accused of striking Hamilton cops with car during RIDE check

Warrant issued for arrest

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An arrest warrant has been issued after a 19-year-old woman allegedly injured two Hamilton police officers during a RIDE check on New Year’s Eve.

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Hamilton Police say officers were conducting a RIDE program on Dec. 31 at about 10:55 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Claremont Access. As officers were speaking with two drivers, police say a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe drove through the RIDE lanes, striking two officers, who were knocked unconscious and sustained serious injuries.

The officers remain in hospital recovering from the injuries.

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

A police investigation revealed the vehicle had been involved in an earlier incident in the Fennell Ave.-Hoover Cresc. area where police approached the driver who was unconscious at the wheel. Police say when officers went to make the arrest, the driver place the vehicle in drive and struck a cruiser before fleeing. The vehicle was last seen driving southbound on Upper James.

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Investigators say the same suspect is responsible for both incidents and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Hannah Pietrantuono of Hamilton. She is described as white, 5-foot-9, 143 pounds with brown hair.

She faces a slew of charges including two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, failure to stop after accident causing bodily harm, two counts of failure to comply with probation, impaired operation, dangerous operation, flight from peace officer, failure to stop after accident and resist arrest.

Any witnesses are asked to call 905-546-4925, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or visit crimestoppershamilton.com .


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