A 27-year-old woman is in trouble for allegedly turning her car on a parking control officer who had just given her a ticket.
The District Attorney’s Office said Amanda Rojas was arrested last Wednesday in the Mission district after she allegedly struck the female officer, who was parked in her Department of Parking and Traffic vehicle in the bike lane in the 3600 block of 17th Street, from behind at about 30 miles per hour.
Just before that, the officer had issued Rojas a parking ticket, prosecutors said.
The officer was hospitalized with head, neck and back injuries and Rojas was charged with assault and battery, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
In a statement District Attorney George Gascón called the alleged attack “outrageous and criminal.”
“The defendant’s actions highlight the dangers parking control officers face every day,” Gascón said.
Rojas’ attorney offered a different account.
“The evidence in this case strongly suggests this was simply an accident, not the malicious act described by the district attorney,” Deputy Public Defender Phoenix Streets said in a statement.
Rojas has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due back in court March 17 for a preliminary hearing.