Woman who was shot by police indicted in domestic incident

WALES — A woman who was shot in the neck by police after a high-speed chase in 2009 has been indicted on an unrelated charge of domestic threatening.

Kristy Lee Cookson, 31, of Wales, is accused of threatening a man she lived with on April 28, placing that man in fear of bodily harm.

Cookson had been serving probation stemming from the high-speed pursuit that ended when she tried to run over a police officer and crashed on Central Avenue in Lewiston.

She was sentenced to probation and time served.

On Dec. 1, 2009, Cookson led police on a chase through downtown Lewiston in a stolen pickup, reaching speeds of 80 mph. Eventually, she crashed into a parked car and came to a stop. When she refused to get out of the truck and the vehicle suddenly lurched in the direction of two local police officers, they drew their handguns and shot at the truck. A bullet struck Cookson in the neck.

Cookson has an extensive criminal history in Maine and Florida. She was charged 16 times in Broward County, Florida, according to court records there. Charges included child abuse, drug possession, eluding a police officer, resisting arrest and operating after suspension.

In Maine, Cookson was convicted in 2008 on one count of domestic violence assault and sentenced to 120 days in jail, with all suspended. She violated her probation on that charge and served eight days in jail.

Since Cookson's Maine driver's license was issued, she has been involved in one previous accident and, since 2008, has been convicted of one count of operating under the influence, operating without a license, operating an unregistered vehicle, failure to pay a fine, failure to display an inspection sticker, failure to produce evidence of insurance and three convictions for failing to appear in court. The latter are on separate charges of failing to report an accident, driving without a license and operating under the influence of liquor. Cookson's license was suspended for seven months for failure to take a Breathalyzer test.

For the Dec. 1, 2009, incident she was indicted on six charges: eluding an officer, reckless conduct, violation of condition of release, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, driving to endanger and criminal operating under the influence. As part of her plea agreement Wednesday, three charges — violating condition of release, possessing scheduled drugs and driving to endanger — were dropped.

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Natalie Bergeron's picture

restraint agreed....

Muzzle and a straight jacket.

Barry King's picture

This woman is obviously...

...VERY emotionally disturbed/damaged and she should be committed to a long term psychiatric facility. In the "Olden Days" this type of facility was referred to as an INSANE Asylum, I believe that in the case of this woman, the term is appropriate.

She should be "locked up" for a long time to protect the public. How many people could she have killed by driving 80 mph in the city?

Barry King

ERNEST LABBE's picture

And this is

And this is why people speed down busy streets without fear of getting a ticket. Why should the cop put any effort into trying to get people to slow down. They get to their court date and plea their charge down or the DA drops the charge and they walk away scott free.

Robert McQueeney's picture

Did I read this right?

Did I read this right? This woman has done all of this and all the time in jail she has served is 8 days? Why can not the community get at least 120 days protection from such a person? Why has she never served more than 8 days, or been forced to enroll in anger management (Not that I think it'd work with her)? This woman apparently needs restraint, and the community, protection from her.


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