Woman arrested in connection to Phoenix motorcycle officer hit-and-run

Elizabeth Eaton
Posted at 12:17 PM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 13:17:12-05

PHOENIX — A woman has been arrested in connection to Monday's hit-and-run that left a Phoenix police officer hospitalized.

The Phoenix Police Department announced Tuesday that 52-year-old Elizabeth Eaton was taken into custody after detectives developed probable cause for her arrest.

At about 12:30 a.m. Monday, a Phoenix motorcycle officer was hit while traveling eastbound on Bethany Home Road at 26th Avenue.

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In surveillance video obtained by ABC15, a dark-colored van can be seen making a left turn in front of the motorcycle officer, causing a crash. The officer was then thrown into the air, landing on the ground.

The driver, identified by police as Eaton, did not stop and left the scene.

The officer was taken to a hospital where he required surgery for a leg injury. He is said to be recovering.

Phoenix police officials say Eaton was located at about 11:30 p.m. Monday in the area of 18th Avenue and Glendale.

Investigators located the vehicle, a 2016 Dodge Journey, parked in Eaton's backyard near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road.

The vehicle had damage matching the crash and other damage seen in the surveillance footage, police said.

She has been booked at the Maricopa County Jail where charges are pending.

According to court records, Eaton had a previous DUI conviction in 2002.