TOQUERVILLE – A woman was arrested in Toquerville Friday after she allegedly tried to run over a lawyer who was attempting to serve an eviction notice.
A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a home on Anderson Junction Road, where a lawyer was about to serve a client’s live-in girlfriend with an eviction notice. The lawyer had requested assistance from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Deputy Judy Randall wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
While Randall was passing through Toquerville en route to the scene, the lawyer, who had gone to the home with his client, the homeowner, placed a frantic call to her, saying, “That female just tried to run over me with her car,” according to the statement.
The deputy arrived at the scene a minute later, but the woman was already gone. The lawyer and four other witnesses identified the woman as 47-year-old Marissa Myers.
The lawyer and other witnesses told the deputy that Myers had gotten into her car and began speeding out of the driveway. The lawyer had stepped onto the side of the road and put his hand in the air in order to get Myers to stop, so he could serve the eviction notice. However, witnesses reported the woman didn’t stop, Randall wrote in her report.
“Myers accelerated her car, nearly ran over (the lawyer, who) had to jump back to keep from getting hit,” Randall wrote. “(The lawyer) was emotionally shaken as she came very close to hitting him. Myers drove straight at (the lawyer) with gravel flying from her rear tires and then sped away from the scene.”
Randall put in a request for an “attempt to locate” bulletin for Myers and her car. While she was searching the area for Myers, the lawyer called her back to the home on Anderson Junction Road. He and the homeowner had found suspicious items possibly related to drug use.
Randall left the scene for a time and later returned to find Myers there. Myers was read her Miranda rights and taken into custody.
After placing Myers under arrest, Randall asked her if she had anything in her possession that would harm the deputy or would be illegal to take into the jail. Myers responded by removing a small bag of marijuana from her bra.
Myers was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and subsequently charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault and a class A misdemeanor for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $5,623.
Myers posted bail and was released from the county jail with a promise to appear in court on Thursday.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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