A woman who allegedly claimed to be the wife of a Jacobus borough councilman has been criminally charged for allegedly hitting the borough fire chief with her vehicle and running over his foot.
Faye Ann Hammers told Fire Chief Shannon Blevins she "did not have to listen to fire police" because she's the wife of a councilman, charging documents allege.
Jacobus Borough Councilman Jeffrey Hammers said Faye Hammers is not his wife. She is the wife of his brother, Michael Hammers, the councilman said.
Faye Hammers, 61, of 3 N. Pleasant Ave., is free on $25,000 unsecured bail, charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment, failing to obey an authorized person directing traffic, failing to stay within her lane of travel, reckless driving and careless driving.
Snowy road: State police said it happened about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, as PennDOT crews were working to clear snow from Susquehanna Trail near the intersection of Beck Road in Springfield Township.
At the time, that portion of the Trail was closed because of the snowstorm and poor driving conditions, officials said.
Blevins was on duty, with his red emergency lights flashing atop his vehicle, and was traveling south in the northbound lane en route to speak with firefighters about whether the road was clear for a state Department of Transportation truck to plow it, documents state.
Followed chief: Faye Hammers was stuck in a line of cars in her Subaru Outback, but pulled out and began following Blevins, police said.
Blevins stopped, walked over to the Outback and told her she needed to pull over because a PennDOT truck was coming through, and because fire crews were blocking traffic farther up the road, documents state.
"Hammers related she did not have to ... listen to fire police" because her husband is on borough council, documents allege.
'Revved engine': Blevins was able to get Faye Hammer to move her SUV to the side of the road, but he told police she repeatedly tried to pull back onto the northbound lane, and revved her engine numerous times, police said.
Blevins went back over to the SUV to tell Faye Hammers she needed to wait like all the other drivers, but Hammers put her SUV in reverse and began backing up, police said.
Chief struck: She ran over Blevins' foot with her driver-side front tire and her front fender struck Blevins' left thigh, charging documents allege.
Faye Hammers referred questions to her attorney, Ed Paskey.
"We look forward to clearing my client's name in court," Paskey wrote in text message. "These accusations are filled with inaccuracies and outright false statements. It's a shame that such a rush to judgment was made in this case."
Blevins did not return a phone message seeking comment. Charging documents indicate he was not seriously hurt.
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