Parking ticket incident leads to arrest

September 25, 2008 5:51:49 PM PDT
A 47-year-old woman drove over a Berkeley police officer's foot Wednesday as the officer tried to issue her a parking ticket, a police spokesman said today.

The officer had stopped to ticket a vehicle parked in a red zone on Gilman Street at Sixth Street at about 1:30 p.m. when the owner of the car, Richmond resident Markeysha Bilal-Fields, appeared and said she would move the car, Berkeley police spokesman Andrew Frankel said.

The officer said she was already writing the ticket, but Bilal-Fields repeated that she would move the car, Frankel said.

Bilal-Fields then attempted to drive away and ran over the officer's foot, Frankel said. He did not know whether that was intentional.

The officer was transported to a hospital and Bilal-Fields was arrested on felony charges of evading a police officer and causing injury, Frankel said.