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Schenectady woman again accused of assaulting a cop

Schenectady woman again accused of assaulting a cop

A Schenectady woman accused of assaulting a city police officer last year is accused of assaulting a
Schenectady woman again accused of assaulting a cop
Denita S. Collier

A Schenectady woman accused of assaulting a city police officer last year is accused of assaulting another officer early this morning, taking the officer’s baton in a struggle and striking him with it, Colonie police said.

Denita S. Collier, 19, of 1219 State St., was the passenger in a vehicle pulled over by Colonie police officers James Herbst and Thomas Breslin just before 2 a.m. this morning in front of 1600 Central Ave., police said.

During the traffic stop, Collier gave police a false name. When confronted about the false name, she then fled on foot.

Herbst soon caught up with Collier in the rear of 1586 Central Ave. There, Herbst tasered Collier, but she continued to fight, police said.

During the fight, Collier forcibly took Herbst’s baton and hit him over the head with it. Herbst regained control of the baton and she was taken into custody with the assistance of other officers.

Herbst suffered an inch-long cut to his head that required staples to close. He was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment and later released. He is recovering at home.

Collier did not request medical attention. She also allegedly told police she believed she had a warrant from Schenectady for assaulting an officer there last year.

Collier was charged in September in Schenectady, accused of struggling with Schenectady officer Sean Donovan as he attempted to arrest her at the corner of Albany and Paige streets Sept. 13, newspaper records show. Donovan suffered cuts to his hands and knee.

Officers had been attempting to stop Collier then from fighting with another person, according to papers filed in court.

In this morning’s incident, Collier faces one count each of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, both felonies, along with misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and false personation.

The robbery count, which carries a maximum of 25 years in state prison, if convicted, is apparently on the allegations she forcibly took the officer’s baton.

Collier was arraigned and ordered held without bail to return to court later.

The driver of the car, identified as Eusi J. Williams, 32, of 51 Thornton St., Albany, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. He was also cited for excessive window tint and no brake lights.

Williams was arraigned and ordered held on $700 bail.

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