Woman arrested after purposefully hitting deputy’s car, sheriff’s office says

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HOLMES COUNTY, Fla (WDHN) – A Graceville woman is facing multiple charges after leading law enforcement officers on a cross-Alabama pursuit on Tuesday, March 3.  

A Holmes County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on a tagless vehicle traveling east on Highway. The driver ignored the deputy’s emergency lights and sirens, instead turning north onto Highway 171. She was later identified as 18-year-old Jayce Lynn Johnson.  

From Highway 171, Johnson sped into Alabama. She first slammed on her brakes to attempt to have the patrol vehicle run into the back of her car. Then she began speeding in the opposite lane of traffic before turning west on Alabama County Road 4 and then immediately onto Beefmaster Road. This is where she nearly struck another vehicle.  

The pursuit crossed back into Holmes County on Wyatt Odom Road. Johnson then lost control of her vehicle and landed in a ditch after overshooting the intersection at Whitaker Road. When the deputy pulled behind her, and she put her car in reverse, purposefully striking and damaging the deputy’s patrol vehicle. She then began fleeing north on Whitaker Road and then onto Selma Church Road.  

Johnson finally exited her vehicle at a residence on Culbreath Road, where she was detained by the deputy as Bonifay Police Chief Chris Wells arrived to assist. Johnson was arrested and is charged with hit and run.  

A hit and run is defined as leaving scene of crash involving damage, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, fleeing/eluding law enforcement, and vehicle not having registration. Sheriff John Tate would like to thank the Bonifay Police Department for their assistance. 

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