Candida Rychell Summerlin, 32, intentionally ran into two deputies in the parking lot of the county jail, authorities said. She remained in the jail Monday without bond.
Summerlin faces four counts of aggravated assault on an officer — two with the intent to murder — and two counts each of attempting to elude officers, hit and run, refusal to comply with police, criminal interference with government property, obstruction, reckless conduct and refusing to render aid by a driver.
Summerlin was also charged with having the wrong address on her driver’s license, reckless driving, improper turn, aggravated battery of an officer, criminal trespassing, criminal damage, aggressive driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and failure to maintain lane.
Col. Milton Beck with the sheriff’s office said Lt. Becky Westenberger was hit by Summerlin when she went out to the parking lot of the jail, which is located off County Services Road in Marietta, in response to complaints of loud music coming from a car.
“(Summerlin’s) car was in an area that is restricted,” Beck said. “Lt. Westenberger was trying to figure out if she could help her.”
The arrest warrant states that Westenberger asked Summerlin to park in the public parking lot across the street, but when the suspect backed up her car, she positioned it in a way that was aimed at the deputy.
“(Summerlin) revved up her engine repeatedly in a threatening manner then rapidly accelerated and purposely ran the car into Lt. Westenberger causing multiple injuries,” the warrant states.
Summerlin then attempted to drive her car out of the parking lot and when Sgt. Shane Kite tried to flag her down, she then hit him and damaged the curb outside the jail and ran over a street sign trying to leave the scene.
Both deputies were taken by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Summerlin only suffered a few minor injuries.
Beck said Westenberger had surgery on a broken right leg and was scheduled to be released Monday. Kite was treated and released on Friday. Neither have returned to work and Beck is not sure how long it will be before they can.
“Both of them acted in bravery,” he said. “Westenberger gathered herself enough to radio information about the driver and car.”
Beck believes this is why Summerlin never made it out of the jail parking lot. “Kite came to her rescue. … This is an example of deputies watching out for each other’s back,” he said.
Beck said he’s thankful that no one else was injured during the incident, especially jail visitors who were on the property at the time.
They still aren’t sure why Summerlin was at the jail, but Beck said she had been released just a few days earlier on unrelated charges.
Jail records show that Summerlin was arrested May 25 on simply battery and obstruction charges.