Georgia RO Runs Over Agent

Athens authorities recently arrested an Athens woman after she ran over a repo company employee trying to take possession of her vehicle.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, when employees of Winder-based C&O Recovery and Towing Inc. tried to repossess a 2018 Nissan Versa from outside an apartment on Summerbrook Circle in the Columbia Brookside housing complex, according to police incident and accident reports.

As employees prepared to hook up the car to a tow truck, 24-year-old Shanita Maryann Smith ran from her apartment wearing a towel and got into the Versa, according to reports.

A repo company employee tried stopping Smith from driving away, but Smith put the car in reverse and began driving with the employee caught in the car’s door frame, reports noted. After she was dragged a short distance, the victim fell from the car, which ran over both of her legs and an arm.

Smith then crashed the car into a parked SUV before speeding away and backing into a parking space on Summerbrook Circle, according to reports.

After being located and detained, Smith was taken to her apartment so that she could get dressed.

She explained that she had just gotten out of the shower when she heard activity near her car and she went out to see what was happening, according to reports.

She admitted to starting up the car and placing it into reverse when the repo woman jumped in and began fighting for control of the vehicle, according to reports. She accused the repo woman of elbowing her in the ribs.

Smith reportedly explained to police that she drove off because she was scared and “had no intention at all to try and run over (the victim).” She denied knowing that she crashed into another vehicle, according to reports.

Smith was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and also hit and run for crashing into the parked SUV, police said.

While at the scene police said they learned that a warrant for the injured woman’s arrest for violating a protective order was on file in Forsyth County.

The woman, a 35-year-old Flowery Branch resident, was not taken into custody due to her injuries, according to reports.

After being examined by National EMS personnel, the woman said she planned to turn herself in after going to the hospital in Forsyth County, according to reports.

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