ST. GEORGE — A 51-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after witnesses reported she was purposely jumping in front of traffic in the area of 1450 N. Dixie Downs Road in St. George. While it is unclear if she was playing a game of “chicken,” reports did indicate the woman was intoxicated.
Around 7:35 p.m., police responded to the report of a woman jumping in front of vehicles on the busy road, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Jared Carlson in support of the arrest.
Police located the woman, identified as St. George resident Rebecca Diane Bowes, and stopped their vehicle behind her.
Bowes began running south on Dixie Downs Road and ran into oncoming traffic, Carlson said in the statement. Police ordered her to stop, but Bowes continued running until 1330 N. Dixie Downs Road, where Carlson was able to grab her.
Carlson placed Bowes into handcuffs, and, when he went to adjust her handcuffs, Bowes kicked him in the knee, according to the statement.
Bowes was transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and booked.
She was charged with two class A misdemeanors for assault against a police officer and failing to stop at the command of law enforcement, a class C misdemeanor for intoxication, and an infraction for failure to use the sidewalk.
During an arraignment in 5th District Court Monday, Bowes entered a plea of not guilty on all charges. Her bail pending trial was set at $4,120.
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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