- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2003

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — “Police chase” took on a new meaning when a motorist angry about getting a speeding ticket decided to go after the officer who issued the citation, slamming her car into his cruiser several times.

As a result, authorities have added a charge of felonious assault to Devikia Donise Garnett’s misdemeanor speeding violation.

“She turned a traffic summons into a felony charge,” police spokesman Jimmie Wideman said.

Miss Garnett, 20, was pulled over for speeding Tuesday when Hampton Police Officer Chip Raines clocked her car going 51 mph in a 35 mph zone, police said.

She accepted and signed the $90 ticket without complaint, police said.

After Miss Garnett pulled away, the officer got back in his cruiser to continue his shift. But as he turned onto a street, he saw Miss Garnett’s red Mazda speeding up behind him.

Her car slammed into the back of his police cruiser before he could react, Mr. Wideman said.

“She must have tracked around the block to get behind him,” Mr. Wideman said. “It was no coincidence.”

Miss Garnett accelerated again, rear-ending the police car three more times, Mr. Wideman said. She made another run at Officer Raines, but zoomed past after he pulled to the right side of the street.

As Miss Garnett maneuvered to hit him head-on, the officer struck her vehicle, pinning her car to the curb, Mr. Wideman said.

“He should be commended on his restraint, because it could have come out a very different way,” Mr. Wideman said.

Miss Garnett was being held without bond in the Hampton jail on a charge of felonious assault on a police officer. Mr. Wideman said there was no indication of drug or alcohol use on her part.

Both Officer Raines and Miss Garnett complained of slight neck and back pain, but neither needed medical treatment.

The cruiser’s bumper had minor damage. Miss Garnett’s car was impounded.


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