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Witness: Officers were trying to pull over driver when she rammed their car

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Elizabeth Hefner faces charges including attempting to elude, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment after police say she tried to ram a patrol car with a stolen vehicle during a traffic stop. (KPTV) Elizabeth Hefner faces charges including attempting to elude, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment after police say she tried to ram a patrol car with a stolen vehicle during a traffic stop. (KPTV)
(courtesy Kaitlyn Landreth) (courtesy Kaitlyn Landreth)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A woman police claim rammed a stolen car into a patrol cruiser while officers tried to arrest her face a judge Thursday.

Elizabeth Hefner, 23, is now facing several charges including eluding police and reckless driving.

Dramatic video taken Wednesday showed police trying to stop a stolen car they say Hefner was driving when the car accelerated and rammed a patrol car.

The woman who shot the cell phone video was in Portland for work when she witnessed the kind of traffic stop she never thought she’d see in person.

Kaitlyn Landreth was in an Uber near 10th Avenue and Burnside Wednesday when the situation started unfolding. Officers pulled over a woman driving a car flagged as stolen, but Landreth said it appeared like the driver would not cooperate.

“The police officer was asking her to get out of the car, and she was saying it’s her friend’s car, it’s her friend’s car, and she was refusing to get out of the car,” Landreth told FOX 12.

She said the cops then sprayed the driver with pepper spray and tried to force her to get out, but that’s when everything took a very dangerous turn.

“Then he was trying to pull the door open and she was pushing down the lock,” Landreth recalled. “Finally he pulled it open, and that’s when she just started taking off.”

With several other people in her car, Landreth said the driver rammed a parked patrol car and kept going. Officers chased the vehicle for a while but then backed off for fear of causing her to drive even more erratically.

A short time later, officers say they found the car abandoned in northwest Portland before locating the three men who were in the back seat at a nearby McDonald's and Hefner hiding in a dumpster.

Landreth is still amazed no one got hurt.

“I thought God forbid there’s a kid or an individual in the street that gets hit or another officer.”

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