A Nassau County police had stopped a car at the Mobil gasoline station at 605 Burnside Ave., in Inwood, at 10:49 p.m., on April 10, when Marsha T. Ellis, 34, of Rosedale, who was driving a 2014 Audi, struck the back of the police vehicle, according to police.
The crash caused her car to ignite in flames. Several 4th Precinct officers rescued Ellis from the vehicle. The officer conducting the traffic stop suffered neck, back and shoulder pain and was treated at a local hospital, police said.
Ellis was arrested after it was determined that she was driving “while her ability was impaired,” police said. She was taken, along with another officer, to an area hospital where both were treated for smoke inhalation. Police also discovered that Ellis had allegedly stolen an iPhone from a local store earlier in the day.
She is charged with grand larceny fourth-degree, driving while ability impaired by drugs, assault third-degree, criminal possession of marijuana fifth-degree and nine vehicle and traffic law charges.
Firefighters and emergency medical technicians from the Inwood and Lawrence-Cedarhurst fire departments also responded to the scene.