Police: Woman tries to run over victims, rams patrol car before crashing

Woman tries to run over victims rams patrol car
Posted at 5:03 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 19:29:28-05

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) - A 27-year-old woman is facing felony charges after trying to run over a group of people and ramming into a patrol car before crashing into a power pole.

Bainbridge Public Safety says the incident occurred early Wednesday morning around 3 a.m. 

An officer was patrolling in the 1000 block of Troupe Street when he saw a silver car with a female driver driving recklessly in the area of the Sims Street Apartments.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle however, it continued to drive in a reckless manner, traveling onto the grass and going in circles. They say the driver was trying to hit a group of people with her car, the victims dodging the car while yelling at her to stop.

When the officer tried to block the woman's car with his patrol car, the woman put her car in reverse and slammed into the driver's side of the patrol car.

The woman then continued driving forward at an unsafe speed through the area.

BPS says other officers responded to the incident, exiting their patrol cars to try to stop the woman. The woman, ignoring their commands, sped towards the officers.

They say the woman almost hit one of the officers, but missed, nearly striking a fire hydrant and a tree.

The woman didn't stop there, speeding towards an adult man standing nearby. He managed to jump out of the way, but the woman began heading toward him once again.

The man jumped inside a parked car and sped away, the woman following close behind onto Broughton Street. 

After speeding through the intersection of Broughton and Sims Streets without stopping at the stop sign, officers say the driver lost control, striking and splitting a power pole.

Backup officers and fire personnel arrived on scene and transported the driver, later identified as Jory Jelisa Ware, to the hospital. Amazingly, officers say she escaped serious injury.

When BPS was able to interview Ware, she told police she and her sister went to the Sims Street Apartments and had gotten into an argument with another female which resulted in a fight involving pepper spray. 

Ware stated she then got into her vehicle and began aggressively chasing the female in an attempt to run over her.

Officers say she has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless driving.