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Toronto woman charged after parking enforcement officer struck

11/01/2014 10:32 EDT | Updated 01/01/2015 05:59 EST
A Toronto woman has been charged after she allegedly struck a parking enforcement officer with her car in the Moore Park area and drove away. 

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Friday near Rosedale Heights Drive and Erington Avenue. A parking enforcement officer was patrolling the area when he saw a black Volkswagen Jetta with two different licence plates. 

When a woman returned to the car, the officer wanted to talk to her about the discrepancy, but the woman drove away in her car, knocking the officer to the ground, according to police. 

She was found near her home and was arrested.

The officer was taken to the hospital and treated for soft-tissue injuries, according to police. 

Christine Fisher, 43, of Toronto, has been charged with assault with a weapon, two counts of possession of property obtained by a crime and using plates not authorized for a vehicle.

She is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall Saturday morning. 

Residents felt targeted

Two weeks ago, another parking enforcement officer was allegedly hit by a car in the same neighbourhood. A driver warned the officer that her presence was "not liked in the neighbourhood" and told her to leave the area, according to police.

The driver then drove so close to the officer that his car's side mirror hit her, police said. Police are treating it as a fail-to-remain, personal injury collision and are looking for information. 

The area has been a hotbed of confrontation between parking enforcement officials and residents, with many people who live or work in the neighbourhood feeling targeted by "predatory" parking officers.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

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