Col. Milton Beck said Lt. Becky Westenberger was trying to talk to 32-year-old Candida Rychell Summerlin in the parking lot when she “aggressively” began leaving the parking lot and intentionally hit the deputy with her car.
“There was a complaint of loud music in the parking lot and it was disrupting business in the visitation center,” Beck said. “This deputy went to talk to her about turning it down.”
Beck said after Westenberger was hit, Sgt. Shane Kite attempted to speak to Summerlin and stop her, but he was also hit by her car.
Beck said both deputies were taken by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta and Summerlin was placed in custody.
Westenberger was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including cuts and a possible broken leg. Kite was treated for cuts and bruises.
Beck did not know when the two veteran officers would be released from the hospital.
“Our thoughts are with them and their families,” he said.
Beck is not sure why Summerlin was at the jail but said she will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.
This was not Summerlin’s first visit to the local jail recently.
Summerlin was arrested May 25 at her home in Marietta on charges of misdemeanor simple battery and obstruction of an officer.
She was released two days later on a $5,000 bond, jail records show.
According to the warrant, Summerlin was accused of pushing a pregnant woman down on the ground at a home in the 2100 block of Sandell Trail in Marietta.
She was charged with obstruction while trying to break away and run from a Cobb County police officer when he tried to handcuff her and put her into his patrol car.