A cancer surgeon was arrested on Thursday after she allegedly rammed a NYPD officer in the leg with her car as she tried to avoid a double-parking ticket in Manhattan.
Dr Rachel Wellner, a breast cancer specialist at Montefiore Hospital, hit the gas in her white Volvo as two patrol cops issued her a ticket at approximately 11am in Hell’s Kitchen, sources said.
The 40-year-old doctor was stopped two blocks way by another police officer, who then arrested her.
The cop who was hit was taken to New York Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell Medical Center. The extent of his injuries are unknown, but he is expected to recover.
The incident began when Wellner saw the cops writing a summons for her car, and the doctor got upset, cursing at the officers and jumping on her car, a source told NBC New York.
She then got into her car and tried driving off with the driver’s side door open, hitting an officer in the shin.
Wellner tearfully described herself as the victim, however, when she spoke to the New York Post following the arrest.
‘I double parked the car and got a ticket,’ she said, claiming she drove off because ‘the police used force on me. I was beaten up.’
The doctor is now facing several charges, including reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.