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Shoplifting suspect hurt in crash

DCSO: She attempted to run over deputy

POSTED: October 2, 2013 4:00 a.m.

A suspected shoplifter was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 25 on Dawson Forest Road after authorities say she attempted to run over a sheriff's deputy.

Jessica Norwood Liboy, 37, of Dawsonville, was taken by ambulance to North Fulton Medical Center in serious condition after the Dodge Neon she was driving left the road and burst into flames.

Her condition Tuesday afternoon was not available, though authorities said she remained hospitalized.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Maj. Tony Wooten, Liboy has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless driving, obstruction and theft by shoplifting. Additional traffic citations likely will follow.

She also faces an outstanding arrest warrant out of Hall County for shoplifting, Wooten said.

Wooten said Liboy was pinned in the vehicle Sept. 25 when authorities arrived and put out the fire.

According to Wooten, the incident began when Liboy and 30-year-old Anthony Sheets of Cumming attempted to take several items from Walmart.

Approached by store security, Sheets reportedly attempted to run away before Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Morrison apprehended him near the entrance to Arby's on Dawson Forest Road.

Sheets, who faces a single misdemeanor shoplifting charge, has been released on bond, authorities said.

About that same time, Liboy left the Walmart parking lot in the Neon, heading toward Dawson Forest Road. Wooten said she clipped another vehicle and continued toward Ga. 400, where Morrison's patrol car was parked.

"Lt. Morrison had the other suspect in custody so he could not move away from the area, but he called out for Liboy to stop as she continued to drive toward him," Wooten said.

He added that Morrison had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the Neon.

Liboy then traveled through a red light at Ga. 400 and continued west on Dawson Forest Road. She wrecked a short time later near the entrance to Black's Mill Circle.

"She was not being pursued at the time she wrecked," Wooten said. "Our deputies and a probation officer, who was in the area and heard the call, followed in the direction she had went and actually put out the fire in the car when they arrived."

 

 

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