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DCPD officer avoids injury at a traffic stop

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- A not-so-routine traffic stop nearly resulted in an injury to a Dougherty County Police officer and landed a woman in jail, police reports stated.

After being clocked speeding on Jefferson Street at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Artanza Jones drove her Pontiac behind a residence on Lovers Lane Road in an attempt to hide from a pursuing patrol car, said police Capt. Jim Sexton. The speed in which Jones was clocked by the patrolman was not included in the report.

"When Patrolman Lynn Davis attempted to get her out of the vehicle, she backed out and almost struck him and did strike his patrol car," Sexton said. "When she could not get away, she attempted to pull forward and back up again nearly striking Patrolman Davis twice."

She did strike the patrol car twice more, Sexton said. To get her to stop, Davis had to break out the driver's side window. She was taken out of the car with the assistance of another officer, Sexton added.

Jones, 27, is in Dougherty County Jail with no bail set, said a jail spokeswoman. Jones is charged with speeding, reckless driving, other traffic violations, felony obstruction of an officer and aggravated assault on a police officer, she added.