UPD: UF student hit officer with car

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 1:19 a.m.
Police arrested a 19-year-old University of Florida honors student Tuesday who is accused of hitting a police officer with her car after stealing gas from a campus motor pool.
Chinma Nancy Anoruo, who is listed as a resident in Beaty Towers, was arrested on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault and felony theft, according to the University Police Department.
UPD Sgt. Paul Clendenin saw a physical plant/motor pool employee trying to stop the driver of a small white car that had just stolen 9.2 gallons of gas at about 3 p.m., according to UPD. The car almost struck the employee and sped through a stop sign onto Radio Road, traveling west towards SW 34th Street, UPD said.
Clendenin followed the car and blocked it at the intersection of Radio Road and SW 34th Street and got out of his marked patrol car in uniform, commanding the driver to stop, UPD said.
The driver backed the vehicle, turned and lurched forward, hitting Clendenin and forcing him onto the hood, UPD reported.
Other officers arrived and helped Clendenin arrest the driver and her boyfriend, James Arthur Shuler Jr., 20, of Orangeburg, S.C., who tried stopping officers from arresting his girlfriend. Clendenin received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
Anoruo is a native of South Carolina and is listed as an honors student and a molecular genetics research intern at McCarty Hall.
Both Anoruo and Shuler, who was charged with resisting an officer with violence, are being held at the Alachua County jail.
Deborah Ball can be reached at (352) 338-3109 or balld@gvillesun.com

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