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Largo police: woman tried to back over pedestrians

LARGO — A 37-year-old woman ran a stop sign Friday and almost hit two pedestrians, according to police.

But what got Willie Eunice Gardner in trouble, police said, is that when the victims complained about it, she backed up and tried to run them down.

The incident took place on Ninth Street NW and 13th Avenue NW around 6:40 p.m. Largo police said this is what happened:

Gardner was driving north on Ninth Street when she blew through the stop sign at the 13th Avenue intersection. Then she exchanged words with the two pedestrians she nearly hit.

So Gardner stopped, put her vehicle in reverse and backed up toward the victims, chasing them off the road and onto a sidewalk.

Then Gardner did it again, driving in reverse onto the sidewalk to try and hit the victims.

Finally, Gardner threw a can of petroleum jelly out the window and struck one of the victims in the face.

When police caught up to her, they said she told them that she drove after the pedestrians to continue her argument with them.

"It wasn't like ... I tried to run up on them," she told police, according to her arrest report.

Gardner, of 1040 Ninth Ave. NW, was arrested on two counts of aggravated battery. She was being held Saturday in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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Largo police: woman tried to back over pedestrians 03/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 6, 2010 4:36pm]

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