Schenectady woman accused of clubbing Colonie cop during foot chase

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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— A Schenectady woman who was charged with assaulting a city police officer last year is now accused of clubbing a Colonie police officer with his own baton early Wednesday.

Denita S. Collier, 19, of 1219 State St., was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by Colonie police officers James Herbst and Thomas Breslin just before 2 a.m. Wednesday in front of 1600 Central Ave., police said.

During the traffic stop, Collier allegedly gave the officers a false name. When confronted about the false name, she then fled on foot, officers said.

Herbst soon caught up with her in the rear of 1586 Central Ave. There, he zapped her with a Taser but she continued to fight, police said.

During the fight, Collier took Herbst’s baton and hit him over the head with it. He regained control of the baton and took her into custody with the assistance of other officers.

Herbst sustained an inch-long cut to his head that required staples to close. He was treated at Albany Medical Center and released, and is recovering at home.

Collier did not request medical attention.

Collier was charged Sept. 13 in Schenectady with struggling with Schenectady police Officer Sean Donovan as he attempted to arrest her at the corner of Albany and Paige streets. He sustained cuts to his hands and knee.

Officers had been attempting to stop Collier from fighting with another person, according to papers filed in court in that case.

In Wednesday’s incident, Collier faces one count each of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, felonies, along with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and false personation, misdemeanors. The robbery count, which carries a maximum of 25 years in prison, is apparently based on the allegations that she forcibly took the officer’s baton.

She was arraigned and ordered jailed without bail.

The driver of the car, Eusi J. Williams, 32, of 51 Thornton St., Albany, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. He was also cited for excessive window tint and no brake lights.

He was arraigned and ordered held on $700 bail.

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