Fla. driver charged with hitting officer

Published: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.

CLEARWATER — A 24-year-old southwest Florida woman is facing several charges after authorities say she fled the scene of a crash and intentionally struck one of the officers pursuing her.

Largo Police were looking for a silver Saturn involved in a hit and run in Clearwater on Friday. They say the car was also involved in a second hit and run at a gas station parking lot.

Police tried to pull over driver Nicole Syphers. She stopped, but authorities say she quickly put the vehicle in reverse and struck one officer and narrowly missed hitting another.

Both officers fired at Syphers' car. She was caught after she jumped out of the car and tried to flee.

Officer Darcy Hunt was treated for minor injuries.

Charges against Syphers include aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

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