Woman accused of hitting Cranston officer held on bail

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman accused of hitting a veteran Cranston police officer with her car faced a judge Monday.

Alicia Mattera of Central Falls did not enter a plea in court, and is now being held on $25,000 bail.

Mattera, 36, is accused of dealing drugs in the parking lot of the Hong Kong Buffet restaurant in Cranston on January 3, then hitting the officer with her car while fleeing the scene.

According to police, the officer was nearly run over, and fearing for his life, he fired several several rounds. The shots missed Mattera, but hit her car.

“I am relieved that this Officer was not seriously injured as a result of this incident.  Based on the preliminary facts provided to me by the investigative team, I support the actions of this Officer who acted appropriately and reverted to his training.  This incident serves as a reminder of the dangers officers face on a daily basis as they carry out their duties,” Colonel Winquist of the Cranston Police Department said.

Photo: Perry Russom/WPRI
Photo: Perry Russom/WPRI

While police investigated, patrons inside the restaurant had to wait five hours before they could move their cars out of the parking lot.

Mattera is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston and is scheduled to appear in the 3rd District Court in Warwick for formal arraignment.

Police said Mattera has a lengthy criminal history and is currently on probation for a 2013 conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

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