NEW: Hearing For Attempted Murder Defendant Postponed
A hearing for a Harrisonburg woman accused of trying to kill a police officer by striking him with her vehicle last week was postponed today.
Suzanne Jennifer Terschueren, 47, is charged with felony attempted capital murder of a police officer, felony eluding, misdemeanor stalking, misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor refusal of a breath test.
She was scheduled to appear in Rockingham County General District Court this afternoon, but her retained attorney, John Hart, sent a letter to the court asking for a continuance.
As a result, Judge Richard Claybrook scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 31.
Police responded to the 700 block of Hillmont Circle about 7:15 p.m. on June 24 for a report of a suspicious person in a vehicle.
Police say that Terschueren is accused of stalking someone at a residence on Hillmont Circle.
When police arrived at the home, officer who spoke with the car's driver, identified by police as Terschueren. The officer reported that it was apparent that she had been drinking alcohol.
Terschueren then fled the scene of the traffic stop, police say. While fleeing the scene, police say, she struck a police officer with her vehicle. The officer wasn't injured.
Police pursued the driver with the chase coming to an end at the intersection of Port Republic Road and Stone Spring Road in Rockingham County, about 1 ½ miles away from the traffic stop.
Once stopped, police said, she was taken into custody without incident.
This is at least the second time Terschueren has been charged with DUI. In 2007, she was found guilty and received a 30-day suspended jail sentence and one-year suspension of her driver's license.
She is being held at Rockingham County Jail without bond.
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org