A USC student late to class Thursday morning ended up with a lot more than a tardy slip.
Brittany Grace Fortuna, 20, was arrested and charged with reckless driving, simple assault, failure to stop for blue lights, malicious injury to personal property and resisting arrest after she allegedly tried to drive away from traffic stop twice downtown about 9 a.m., said Columbia Police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.
Fortuna, of Ridgeway, and an officer in a fully-marked patrol car were sitting at a stop light on Bull Street headed toward USC campus, Timmons said. The suspect ran the light, and the officer quickly puller the car over.
She allegedly told the officer she didn’t have a license with her and that she was running late for class, Timmons said.
The officer called for backup and asked her to step out of the car. Instead, she locked the car doors and drove off, Timmons said.
Fotuna was stopped for a second time in the 1400 block of Hampton Street where, again, she refused to get out of her car and started to pull away, hitting the stopping officer’s car and the back-up officer in the knee, Timmons said. The backup officer was not seriously injured.
Fortuna allegedly barricaded herself in her car and was only taken into custody after police broke a window, Timmons said.
The entire incident unfolded over about 30 minutes.
Fortuna was confirmed to be a USC student by school administration, Timmons said. She is still being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, pending a bond hearing.
Reach Price at (803) 771-8376.