Crime

Woman pleads not guilty to trying to run over Fife police officer

A woman accused of trying to run down one Fife police officer and then shooting at another was ordered jailed Monday in lieu of $5 million bail.

Yolanda Lund, 31, is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and attempting to elude police stemming from an incident last month.

Not guilty pleas were entered on her behalf during an arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court.

Prosecutors allege Lund was at the wheel of a Ford Explorer connected to an Aug. 11 attempted robbery at a truck stop on Port of Tacoma Road.

A Fife police officer sent to investigate the robbery approached the Explorer, which had its driver’s side door open, to speak to the driver. While the officer was standing in the doorway, the driver gunned the SUV in reverse, hitting the officer and dragging him a short distance.

He and a fellow officer fired their guns at the Explorer, which sped off.

Another Fife officer gave chase in his patrol car but backed off when people in the Explorer began firing guns at him, court records show.

Police said they were able to identify Lund as the driver and to determine she was hit by a shot fired by police. She was not arrested until last week and while she was at large, friends and family posted on Facebook that she had died.

A man thought to be her accomplice has not been arrested or charged.

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