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Alabama woman faces charges for police pursuit, shooting at officers, state police say

MAHWAH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Bergen County) – New Jersey State Police have charged an Alabama woman with attempted murder for allegedly firing a gun at Ringwood Borough police officers who were attempting to arrest her after a motor vehicle pursuit that ended on Interstate 287 in Mahwah Township early Wednesday morning.

On Dec. 9, at around 5:30 a.m., a Ringwood Borough police officer observed a Ford Explorer parked in Ringwood State Park on Sloatsburg Road in Ringwood Borough, Passaic County. As the officer was speaking with Lakisha Maldonado, 30, of Leeds, AL, she fled in the Explorer, causing injury to the officer, state police said.

Shortly after the initial contact, an assisting Ringwood police officer attempted to stop Maldonado, but she continued to flee. The Ringwood officer followed her onto Interstate 287 north in Mahwah before the Ford became disabled at milepost 66.4, state police said.

When Ringwood police officers approached the vehicle in an attempt to arrest Maldonado, she brandished a handgun and fired three rounds. None of the officers were struck, and Maldonado was arrested at the scene, state police said.

Maldonado was charged with attempted murder, eluding, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. She was lodged at the Bergen County Jail pending a bail detention hearing. She faces additional charges in Passaic County, state police said.

The incident remains under investigation, state police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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