Tire marks where police say a woman hit three people in the county courthouse parking lot. (June 26, 2012/FOX Carolina)
BREVARD, NC (FOX Carolina) -
Police said a Brevard woman is accused of using her car to try and kill three people, including a Transylvania County deputy.
Brevard police said about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday 59-year-old Mary Smith intentionally drove into three people outside of the Transylvania County Courthouse.
Investigators said prior to the parking lot incident, Smith and one of the victims, who was her neighbor, had been in criminal court as a result of an ongoing dispute between them.
When the woman got into her car, she circled the parking lot and ran down the man she knew, according to police.
Investigators said she also took down another woman, a deputy and damaged two cars in the parking lot. All three victims Smith hit were from Rosman, including a deputy, police said.
Another deputy witnessed the assaults and took her into custody in the parking lot, investigators said.
Smith was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of injury to personal property and one count each of reckless driving, resisting a public officer and simple assault. She is being held at the Transylvania County Jail on no bond.
"This is a scary situation. When we get there, we have to figure out what is going on and get the situation calmed down and under control," said Brevard Police Chief Phil Harris. "When we got there, the officer was hurt and in pain, but our other victims were more seriously injured."
The man was seriously injured and airlifted to Mission Hospital, police said. As of Wednesday morning he was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
The deputy and the woman who were struck were treated at a local hospital and released.
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