Crime

Woman tries to run over Walmart parking spot plunderer, prosecutors say

A woman tried to run over a man who took a parking spot from her at the South Hill Walmart on Tuesday, sending him tumbling over the top of the vehicle, Pierce County prosecutors say.

The 66-year-old South Hill woman was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court on one count of second-degree assault. She was released on her own recognizance.

According to charging documents:

The woman said she was waiting for a parking spot as another person backed out of the Walmart parking lot at 16502 Meridian E. on Tuesday when the man pulled into the spot first.

She said he went crazy, kicking her car and jumping on it. She said she stopped her car and he walked onto her roof and jumped up and down.

Fearing for her safety, she said, she pulled away slowly, which made him fall from the car.

She told deputies she circled the parking lot and returned to the spot to check on the man, but he had left and fled to the store.

Deputies found a footprint on the hood of her car and then saw damage to the roof of the car.

The man was taken to the hospital for a leg injury.

Surveillance video showed a different story.

The man took the parking spot the woman was waiting for. After he left his vehicle, she accelerated toward him and stopped just short of where he was. He put his foot on the hood of the car to keep himself from going underneath it.

Right then, the woman accelerated into him, causing him to fall onto the top of the car and then roll off.

She was arrested.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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