STAMFORD, CT – February 24, 2011 – A woman 44 year old woman who struck a repossessor and took off with her car moments before the repo man was about to hook it up, was arrested last Wednesday night after she arrived at police headquarters and tried to push past police and jump back into the car, police said.
The incident began when a tow truck driver showed up at Phyllis Gillian’s North Street home shortly before 11 p.m. and gave the 44-year-old woman a chance to collect her belongings from inside her 2010 Ford Eclipse, according to Stamford Police Sgt. John Scalise.
As the driver was walking back to his truck in order to prepare to tow the car away, Gillian jumped into the car and backed it up, striking the tow truck driver, Sgt. Scalise said. With Gillian speeding away, the tow truck driver got into his vehicle and followed her.
The driver said the woman drove up and down city streets and even got on Interstate 95 where she began driving at excessive speeds trying to try and get away from the tow truck operator, before leading him to police headquarters in Stamford, Scalise said.
In the parking lot of police headquarters, Gillian said all she wanted to do was get some school books out of the car because she was a professor at a New York university, Scalise said.
Police told the woman that she was forbidden to get back into the vehicle and police would retrieve whatever personal property was in the car for her.
But the woman tried to push past the officers and get into the car anyway, Scalise said.
Gillian was charged with evading responsibility — for striking the tow truck operator — as well as creating a public disturbance for her actions at police headquarters and racing on the highway.
Scalise said the tow truck driver sustained minor injuries when Gillian backed into him. He also said police were unable to find any mention of the woman on the website of the university where she claimed to teach.
Original story by: Stamford Advocate