Woman charged after striking officer with vehicle to escape from custody

Lethbridge Police have charged a Standoff woman in connection with an incident Sunday afternoon where she was arrested on outstanding warrants, then used a vehicle to strike an officer and escape from custody.

On Feb. 3, 2019 at approximately 2:30 p.m. officers were conducting patrols in the area of the 200 block of 15 Street North when they observed a Chrysler Sebring that had been involved in an incident Feb. 1 where the female driver fled from police. Police subsequently conducted a door knock at the home and the female was observed inside, along with a male who was known to have outstanding warrants. Both exited the home and were arrested and handcuffed. As one of the officers was going to retrieve the woman’s purse from the passenger side of the vehicle she jumped into the driver’s seat with her handcuffs now in front, locked the doors, started the vehicle without any keys and quickly accelerated in reverse, striking the officer. The vehicle fled into oncoming traffic on 13 Street North and continued at a high rate of speed. The officer who was struck sustained minor injuries.

Later Sunday night the woman was located on the Blood Reserve by Blood Tribe Police and arrested without further incident. She was transported back to Lethbridge and the vehicle was seized.

Sarah Cheyenne Goodstriker, 28, of Standoff, is charged with:
Assaulting a Peace Officer with a weapon
Escaping lawful custody
Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
Obstructing a Peace Officer (providing a false name)
Intent to avoid arrest
Flight from a Peace Officer

Goodstriker is currently in custody awaiting a Judicial Interim Release hearing.