Wicomico Co. woman charged in connection to hit and run incident

Connie Schoffstall, 38, of Parsonsburg  Courtesy of Wicomico County Sheriff's Office

A woman was arrested after deputies say she was involved in a high speed chase and an attempted murder using a vehicle, in Salisbury. 

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says on Saturday, around 7:15 AM, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Mt. Herman Road for a hit and run accident. authorities say the victim reported that he parked his vehicle along Mt. Herman Road, and it was hit by a suspect driving a green Dodge Van. While speaking to the victim, deputies say the suspect van drove by. The suspect reportedly attempted to conceal her face with her hand as she drove by the deputy and the victim. The deputy then got into his vehicle and attempted to stop the suspect. 

Law enforcement reports that the suspect refused to stop and continued driving. Deputies say the suspect, who was later identified as 38-year-old Connie Schoffstall, pulled over a few blocks away. Authorities say Schoffstall then fled as a deputy approached her vehicle on foot. A high speed chase then ensued.

According to the report, when the suspect drove to Lincoln Avenue at Edgar Street, the Parsonsburg woman attempted to hit the deputy with her car as "stop sticks" were deployed in an attempt to flatten the suspect's tires and end the chase. The deputy had to apparently dive out of the way and he received minor injuries.  The "stop sticks" were successful in deflating three tires.

Authorities say Schoffstall continues to drive away and eventually hit and damaged a Wicomico County Sheriff's Office cruiser. She then reportedly attempted to flee on foot.

She was arrested and charged with attempted murder, 1st degree assault, injuring a law enforcement officer, fail to remain at the scene of an accident and other traffic charges.  

The 38-year-old was held without bond pending a bond review.

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