Woman charged with striking pedestrians, biting officer at Oakdale Theater

Woman charged with striking pedestrians, biting officer at Oakdale Theater


WALLINGFORD — Police charged a Milford woman with drunken driving and assault after she reportedly struck two pedestrians and six cars, and bit a police officer at the Oakdale Theatre late Friday night.

Police said they tried to stop Shelby Coughlin, 24, as she was attempting to leave the Oakdale parking lot after a pedestrian was struck at about 11:30 p.m. Coughlin continued driving and struck another pedestrian who was trying to make her stop her vehicle.

When an officer attempted to stop her, Coughlin drove away, striking six vehicles in the lot, according to police.

Officers on the scene as part of a security detail at the South Turnpike Road music venue, ran alongside Coughlin’s vehicle and were able to break the car’s window and bring the car to a stop, police said. Coughlin reportedly became combative as she was removed from the car and resisted arrest. Police said she bit an officer causing a minor injury while being placed in the vehicle and repeatedly kicked the rear door of the police cruiser and attached speed radar unit.

Both pedestrians, one officer and one of the occupants of a vehicle that was struck, were transported to a local hospital for reported minor injuries, according to a police press release.

Coughlin,of 50 Carriage Drive, Milford, was charged with driving while intoxicated, evading responsibility, reckless driving, disobeying an officer’s signal, second-degree criminal attempt assault with a motor vehicle, assault on a police officer, second-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Coughlin’s bond was set at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on June 30.


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