Woman charged after allegedly hitting patrolcar, dragging officer

A North Brunswick woman is being held on $250,000 bail and faces a series of criminal charges after she allegedly injured a police sergeant, tried to assault a patrolman and crashed her vehicle into three patrol cars to escape arrest, police said.

Police charged Paranee Y. Sun, 45, Oct. 5 with aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault on two police officers, eluding police, hindering her own apprehension and obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from an incident that began at 1:07 p.m., when staff at the Skylark Diner & Lounge on Route 1 and Wooding Avenue called police to remove an unruly customer.

Officers persuaded Sun to leave the premises, but minutes later, she called 911 from a nearby gas station and asked to speak to the officers again, police said.

Police said when they arrived at the gas station, Sun allegedly became uncooperative and angry, then struck one of the officers’ patrol cars as she drove out of the station onto Route 1 south.

After following Sun’s vehicle to Route 1 and Plainfield Avenue, Sgt. Thomas Errico and Officer Nicholas Bayne tried to arrest Sun after she stopped at a red light.

According to police, Sun refused to get out of her car, then backed her vehicle into Bayne’s patrol car and tried to drive away as she struggled with Errico through the driver’s side window, dragging the sergeant for 40 feet before he fell onto the pavement, police said.

Bayne, along with Officer Michael LaPlaga, pursued Sun’s car south along Route 1 until they managed to stop her again in front of 1055 Route 1 south, where she was arrested after she allegedly rammed one of their patrol cars in another getaway attempt, police said.

Errico was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was treated for minor injuries, including a badly sprained or fractured wrist, police said.