Police in Upstate New York now have the woman in custody who they say struck one of their police officers with the Dodge Caravan she was driving on Monday, then dragged him as she was fleeing a traffic stop.

Police in Saratoga Springs say the woman, identified as 34-year-old Theresa Travis, was upon a traffic stop when she struck the officer and dragged him with the mini-van she was driving, as she left the scene. Police described her as a woman with blonde hair and a piercing above her lip. A photo of her was later released on social media. The police officer, who was not identified, was treated and released at Albany Medical Center on Monday.

Theresa Davis. Photo credit Saratoga Springs Police.
Theresa Davis. Photo credit Saratoga Springs Police.

Police said the public was instrumental in sharing social media photos of the woman and her mini-van during the course of the day Monday.

We are investigating a hit and run motor vehicle accident that occurred during a traffic stop during which one of our officers was dragged by the offending vehicle. The officer involved is alert and receiving medical attention. We are asking the public for help in locating the vehicle involved. It is a blue Dodge Caravan with NY license plates HFS 9550. Please contact the police immediately if you observe this vehicle. This incident occurred on Hayes Rd at Geyser Rd. -Saratoga Police

The incident happened at about 2 pm on Monday, police say. Following several tips called into police by the public, and a search by several police agencies in the region, Travis was apprehended in Warrensburg, NY.

Angela Meliski
Angela Meliski

On Monday evening, Saratoga Springs Police issued a thank-you to the public and its law enforcement partners for assistance.

In addition to the outstanding response of our
SSPD Officers, Investigators, and Dispatchers, we’d like to thank our law enforcement partners at the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, the New York State Police, the Warren County Sheriff's Office NY and the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center, who assisted us in locating and apprehending the suspect. We’d also like to thank the public for their outpouring of support by sharing our social media posts and providing information. Lastly, we are especially grateful for our public safety partners at the Saratoga Springs Fire Department who took immediate and exceptional care of our officer. -Saratoga Police

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