DERRY, NH — Derry police have arrested a woman from Bedford who is accused of hitting a Derry police officer with her car and leaving the scene.

Derry Police Officer Melissa Houde was struck by a passing car while she was conducting a traffic stop on South Main Street in May. The car struck her cruiser and the officer who was standing on the roadside. The suspect vehicle fled from the scene and Houde was taken to the Parkland Medical Center.

The driver’s vehicle was described as a small white sport utility vehicle, possibly a Mitsubishi Outlander, with a missing passenger-side mirror.

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The Derry Police Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene and recovered evidence left behind by the suspect vehicle. Examination of the evidence indicated the vehicle was likely to be a white 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Investigators accused Nicolle Medina, 41, of 5 Park Drive in Bedford, of driving that make and model vehicle. Police requested a search warrant of the vehicle and later, a warrant for the arrest of Medina.

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She faces two Class B felonies, conduct after an accident with bodily injury, and second-degree assault.

Medina was arrested at her home by the Bedford Police Department and was held on preventive detention. She will appear before the Rockingham County Superior Court to answer the felony charges at a later date.

Houde is still recovering from a significant arm injury resulting from the crash.

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