Woman eluding police drives over officer’s foot

Claudia Fontenette was charged with vehicular assault and attempting to elude police.

A 25-year-old Oak Harbor woman drove over an officer’s foot with her Toyota Prius while fleeing police on July 1, according to police reports.

Claudia Fontenette was charged with vehicular assault, attempting to elude police and obstructing a law enforcement officer in Island County Superior Court this week, according to police documents.

Oak Harbor police responded to a request for assistance from Anacortes police officers who said they had probable cause to arrest Fontenette on suspicion of a felony, according to an Oak Harbor police officer’s report. She had previously struck an Anacortes police officer with her vehicle while fleeing police, his report said.

The Oak Harbor police officer’s report said he was parked just south of the Auld Holland Inn on July 1 when he saw a dark gray Prius matching the description of Fontenette’s vehicle being driven south on State Highway 20. The officer followed the vehicle, but lost sight of it near Northeast Narrows Street.

Police had prior contact with Fontenette and knew she lived in a trailer with her mother near the Auld Holland Inn, so the officer drove to the area and waited at the entrance of the motel.

The officer called for backup noting that the way Fontenette was driving appeared to be consistent with someone trying to evade police. The first officer went back to check her trailer and heard the second officer yell over the radio, “She ran over my foot twice.”

The injured officer said Fontenette drove out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed on northbound Highway 20. He reportedly limped to his patrol car to follow her and saw Fontenette turn left on Crescent Harbor Road. He stopped the pursuit because of traffic in the area.

The first officer returned to the scene to find the injured officer being treated in an ambulance. He noted the officer’s foot was red and beginning to swell, and that his boot had noticeable tire marks on it.

The injured officer was taken to WhidbeyHealth in Coupeville to be treated for severe pain and a possible broken foot. The Oak Harbor Police Department did not respond to a reporter’s question about the officer’s condition as of press time.

The next day, Fontenette’s mother called ICOM dispatch to say that her daughter had returned her vehicle but walked away toward Highway 20, according to police reports.

Oak Harbor officers, Island County sheriff’s deputies and troopers with the Washington State Patrol responded to the area, but Fontenette ran into the nearby woods. The Oak Harbor police officer’s report said he chased Fontenette on foot and saw her inside a fence surrounding storage units.

The officer said Fontenette locked herself inside a pick-up truck apparently being stored at the facility. She eventually unlocked the door and exited the truck and was placed under arrest.

Fontenette allegedly remarked that she did not mean to run over the police officer’s foot and was scared she was going to be arrested, which is why she ran from police. She had several injuries and was treated briefly at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center before being released into custody.

Fontenette has a history of second-degree identity theft and possession of controlled substances, according to police reports.

Island County Superior Court Judge Christon Skinner set her bail at $25,000. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said she is scheduled to be arraigned on July 12.

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