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Authorities charge Clearwater woman for assault on officer

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

The Clearwater Police Department says charges have been filed on the woman who hit an officer Friday afternoon with her SUV.

Police say 24-year-old Nicole Syphers has been charged with Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage, Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Eluding and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked

Police say Officer Darcy Hunt was injured when she was hit by a SUV driven by Syphers.

Police say Officer Hunt was released from Morton Plant Hospital, Friday night after being treated for injuries. 

Clearwater Police Public Information Officer Rob Shaw said the incident began just before 1 p.m. on Friday when police responded to a report of a hit & run accident at Lakeview Road and Highland Avenue. 

Police say they spotted the suspect vehicle a short time later at Court Street and Hillcrest Avenue. Three officers tried stopping the car in the parking lot of a CPA office on Court Street.

Police says Syphers accelerated toward the Hunt, striking her in the leg.  CPD says Hunt and Cpl. Steve Squillante fired their weapons at Syphers. 

They say Syphers drove her SUV over a short wall, blowing out all four tires in the process. She continued to drive north on Hillcrest and was taken into custody a couple of blocks from where Hunt was struck.

Charges will be filled against Syphers and they are expected to be announced later Friday.

Police say Officer Hunt has been with CPD since July 25, 2005.  Cpl. Squillante has been with CPD since February 16, 1995.  Shaw said both have been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

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