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Woman charged in bizarre Walter Reed confrontation

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 11:56am  ET

Police say Angela Akosua Cobbold crashed into a construction zone. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

BETHESDA, Md. - A Virginia woman is facing charges after a bizarre incident Tuesday in which police say she appeared to be biting a bar of soap and tried to hit a Department of Defense police officer with her car outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Angela Akosua Cobbold, 27, of Manassas, is charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records. In an initial appearance, a District Court commissioner in Montgomery County ordered her held on $20,000 bond.

A half-hour before the crash at the medical center in Bethesda, Md., police say Cobbold's black Mitsubishi was clocked traveling 93 mph on Interstate 66 in Virginia. Police alerted officials in Maryland to the speeding car, which at 11:50 a.m. made a U-turn in front of the security gate at the medical center and was stopped in traffic.

Officers who approached Cobbold's car said they observed her "biting or attempting to eat a bar of soap," says Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman. But the officers - part of the Department of Defense - weren't able to engage Cobbold before she crashed into another car and headed back onto Wisconsin Avenue.

Police say Cobbold then drove down Wisconsin to the Medical Center Metro station, before driving back toward Walter Reed. An officer stopped the car, but police say Cobbold wouldn't roll down her window, and the officer broke both the rear driver's side window and the driver's window with his baton.

Cobbold backed up and rammed her car into a marked cruiser, police say, then drove over a curb, across a sidewalk and into the grass. She then drove her car toward another officer, who shot once at the car, police say.

The incident ended after Cobbold drove away, crashed in a construction area adjacent to a grocery store on Nebel Street and was arrested.

A police officer suffered minor injuries, apparently when he used his baton to smash out a window in Cobbold's car. Cobbold was treated for her injuries.

Channel 7 captured video of Cobbold's arrest:

WTOP's Neal Augenstein contributed to this report. Follow Neal and WTOP on Twitter.

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