Woman allegedly tries to run people over with car

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Incident at bar leads to felony charges for Seligman resident

A Seligman woman is facing two felonies for allegedly attempting to run over multiple people with her vehicle following an altercation at a bar on Highway 112 Saturday.

Jennifer Brown-Downard, 34, of Seligman, is charged with two counts of first-degree assault.

According to a probable cause report filed by Luke Hackett, officer with the Cassville Police Department, the incident occurred at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday at Jersey's Bar and Grill.

Hackett responded to a report of a yellow Hyundai attempting to run people over in the parking lot. Upon arrival, the victim said she asked Brown-Downard to leave the establishment for starting a disturbance. while standing in the parking lot, Brown-Downard allegedly intentionally swerved at the victim, causing her to jump out of the way to avoid being run over.

A second victim said she was standing about 10 feet in front of the first in the parking lot and also had to jump away from the vehicle when it swerved.

A witness to the incident said he went outside and saw Brown-Downard yelling at another woman, and he also told Brown-Downard she needed to leave. At that point, the witness said, Brown-Downard got into her vehicle, sped backward in the parking lot and when driving forward, swerved at a crowd of people standing in the lot.

Brown-Downard is being held in the Barry-County jail on a cash-only bond of $25,000. The warrant was served on Monday. Brown-Downard has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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