UPDATE: A woman was arrested for ramming her car into a Dalton police patrol car and nearly hitting two officers in the process.

It happened Tuesday morning off Willowdale Road.

Dalton police say they received several calls about a woman driving recklessly overnight, but each time they would try to pull her over she would drive off.

She tried to do the same thing Tuesday morning and she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

It may not look like much but the two officers who were there say it could've been worse.

“It's life or death sometimes and like today it could've been,” says Officer Adam Selby.

When Officers Adam Selby and Christian Johnson got to work Tuesday morning, they were given an address to locate Jessica Brown.

The address led to a hotel off Willowdale Road.

“So as we pulled up she was backing out of a parking space and as soon as she saw me she backed up even further to get a little more distance,” Officer Johnson says. “I ordered her to get out of the car and she wasn't willing to comply.”

Officer Johnson says Brown immediately hit the gas pedal, ramming into Officer Selby's patrol car.

He says Selby barely made it out, before the crash.

“He took a pretty hard hit and I was able to see he was still standing; but, I knew that if she put it in reverse and tried to ram him again that it was a good possibility that he would essentially be ran over by the car,” says Officer Johnson.

“Afterwards my leg kind of hurt and I assumed the door hit me,” says Officer Selby.

“I don't think I was ever scared for myself,” Officer Selby says. “I was more scared about what was going to happen to the suspect, you know, we don't like seeing anybody get hurt regardless of good or bad."

It's not a glamorous job, but both officers say these incidents are what they train and prepare for.

“Every call we go on it's somebody having the worst day of their life,” Officer Johnson says. “They may be making bad decisions for one reason or another but that doesn't necessarily mean they should be hurt or even lose their lives over it.”

Brown is in custody at the Whitfield County jail.

She faces 12 different charges, including aggravated assault on an officer.


ORIGINAL STORY: Dalton Police arrested a woman Tuesday morning after she rammed a patrol car.

Jessica Jeanette Brown, 25, rammed into an officer's patrol car while she was trying to drive away from police.

Monday night, multiple reports were made about Brown driving erratically overnight. Officers were unable to get her to pull over.

Officers were able to catch up with Brown at the Stay Lodge on Willowdale Road Tuesday around 8:00 am. She was getting into her car when police arrived.

Brown refused to get out of her car when she was commanded. She attempted to drive away from officers, almost striking Dalton Police Officer Johnson and ramming into the patrol car of Officer Shelby, who was attempting to get out of the car at the time.

Brown accelerated and tried to push the patrol car away. While doing this, she pushed Shelby with the door of his car.

Officer Johnson was able to reach into Brown's vehicle and put it into park. He also tried to wrestle Brown out of the car.

Officer Johnson tased Brown and she was finally taken into custody.

No one was injured in the incident.

Brown faces charges of:

  • Felony obstruction (x2)
  • Reckless driving
  • Fleeing to elude officers
  • Aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer

For fleeing officers overnight, Brown was charged with:

  • Failure to yield emergency vehicles
  • Failure to stop at stop signs (x2)
  • Failure to use a turn signal (x2)
  • Improper usage of turning lanes
  • Driving with an expired tag
  • Loitering and prowling
  • Reckless driving