NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Lee County Sheriff's deputy sustained road rash yesterday after allegedly being hit and dragged by a suspect who was fleeing the scene of an accident.
According to her arrest report, 51-year-old Cheryl Alliano was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Pondella Rd. around 9:45 a.m. But when a deputy attempted to speak to her, she hit him with her vehicle and dragged him 10 to 20 feet.
Another deputy spotted the suspect's vehicle at McDonald's, located at 13741 N. Cleveland Ave. Witnesses told the deputy that a female matching the description of the suspect ran into the restroom.
Deputies went in after her, but she had locked herself in the stall. They allegedly made verbal and physical attempts to get Alliano to unlock the door, but she could be heard talking on a cell phone instead. One deputy sprayed her in the face with OC spray, but she still refused to comply. That deputy then slid under the stall door, in an attempt to place Alliano in handcuffs. She reportedly began swinging her arms and hit the deputy in the chest with her elbow. The deputy deployed his taser, striking her in the back. Alliano continued to swing and resist, so the taser was deployed again. She was placed in handcuffs and walked to a waiting ambulance. EMS cleared her and she was transported to the substation.
Witnesses said they saw her drag the deputy, flee to the nearby McDonald's and run inside. They confirmed that the suspect in custody was the suspect who fled the scene.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash said he saw the vehicle that hit him speeding off, while dragging the deputy along side the vehicle. A witness to the crash corroborated this story.
Alliano was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.