Port Arthur police still searching for woman who hit officer with her car

Port Arthur police still searching for woman who hit officer with her car

Port Arthur police are still searching for a woman who hit a Port Arthur police officer with her car, PAPD Officer Michael Hebert said in a statement on Feb. 13.

“We have not received one phone call from anyone helping us out with this case,” Hebert said.

City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said Young was still at large on Feb. 15.

Bridge City police contacted Port Arthur police on Feb. 12 about 1:30 p.m., in an attempt to locate a teal colored 2000 Honda Civic (Texas license plate: JFH0274) that reportedly involved in a theft at the Bridge City Walmart, Carpenter said in a release.

The item reported stolen was a flatscreen television, according to Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin.

Port Arthur police traced the vehicle to an address at the Cedar Ridge Apartments in Port Arthur. Upon arrival, officers  were able to locate the vehicle and driver in the parking lot of the apartment complex, who they identified as Patrise Young, 37.

Young attempted to flee after being detained by officers, according to the release. During her escape, Young struck a Port Arthur Police officer with her vehicle, resulting in the officer receiving serious bodily injury. The officer was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The officer went into surgery on the night of Feb. 12, and he is now stable and “in good spirits, recovering,” Melvin said. Melvin said he had visited the officer, who has been with the force since 2016, both the night of the incident and that next morning.

“We appreciate the prayers of the community for his quick recovery,” Melvin said.

“Harboring is a crime, so we’re just asking for some cooperation in locating her so we can bring her to justice,” Melvin said.

Assaulting an officer is a first degree felony, which can be charged with 5 to 99 years, according to Hebert.

The Honda Civic was last seen northbound on US 69. The front door to the Honda Civic is partially open and unable to be closed due to damage, according to the release.

If the vehicle is located, contact the Port Arthur Criminal Investigation Division at 409-983-8624 or 409-983-8600. Anyone with further information about this case can also call Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS (8477).

Original story: Woman fleeing arrest hits Port Arthur officer with car