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Driver Crashes Into Jail, Threatens With Explosives

Driver Crashes Into Jail, Threatens With Explosives

Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

August 13, 2010

GORDON COUNTY, GA – A woman crashed her car into the front of the Gordon County Sheriff’s office Thursday morning, officials said, but this crash was no accident — the woman threatened officers by alleging she had a bomb.

Johana Cortes, 24, attempted to drive her blue 2005 Toyota Corolla through the front entrance of the building, which also houses the jail, Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokesman John Bankhead said. A statue memorializing fallen soldiers obstructed her path, causing the vehicle to stop.

“Had that memorial not been there, she would’ve gone right through the door,” Bankhead told the AJC.

The vehicle was headed toward the front entrance of the sheriff’s office, not the front entrance to the jail, a news release said. There were several staff members and visitors inside the front entrance, but no one was injured.

As Gordon County deputies evacuated the building, Cortes began threatening she had an explosive device in her vehicle, Bankhead said.

Gordon County called in GBI agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Georgia State Patrol officers to assess her threat. After taking Cortes into custody, the GBI used a robot to inspect her vehicle for an explosive device, but found no bomb, Bankhead said.

Cortes sustained “minor injuries” and was transported to Gordon Hospital where she is under guard.

Once released from the hospital, Cortes will be taken to jail. She is charged with terroristic threats and acts, interference with government property, and criminal damage to property in the second degree.

The fallen soldiers monument, which cost $5,000 to construct, has been destroyed.

Inmates were placed under lockdown during the incident, but not evacuated.

According to a GBI news release, Cortes has previously been involved in “a number of accidents around Calhoun.”

While Bankhead is aware of her intention behind the incident today, he is not releasing any information until Cortes is released form the hospital.

Cortes is a naturalized citizen who was originally came from Guatemala. Where she lives locally has not yet been determined.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    about 4 years ago


    She was in a Toyota and actually meant for the car to not stop.

  • 063_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I'm wondering if it was a Toyota Prius she was driving. Thank God nobody other then her was injured.

  • Radio2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I am glad no one got killed or injured.. I am sure Ms. Cortes will enjoy being locked up..

  • New_avatar_4_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I am glad that no officers and innocent civilians were injured.WINDOWS7KEY's comments are TOTALLY IRRELEVANT to this story!!Do they have laws in Georgia for attempted vehicular manslaughter and attempted aiding to escape ??I hope that she is made to pay the full price for the restoration of the statue to honor the fallen soldiers and sentenced for a LONG Time!!!!!

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 4 years ago


    A statue memorializing fallen soldiers obstructed her path, causing the vehicle to stop.

    “Had that memorial not been there, she would’ve gone right through the door,” Bankhead told the AJC,
    Goose Bumps.... Saint Michaels at work.....

    Glad No Officers were hurt and this person was detained without further incident, part of her sentence should be full restitution for the $5,000 monument.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    BrooklynHillsCop I agree with you, WINDOWS7KEY needs to go somewhere else and not here and trust me I do not click on it.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Get her treated, then a psych eval then lock her up for a long time..

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Any bets on whether or not she claims her accelerator pedal stuck? She sounds crazy enough to do it!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Glad no officer was injured. Book the Capital to the maximum, including multiple charges of Attempted Murder.

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Interesting. A Statue for Fallen Soldiers stops this idiot. Obviously, the Fallen Soldiers are still protecting us!!!

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    about 4 years ago


    What a wackjob!! Real glad no LEO's were hurt!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    You'll be reported to a Moderator to be safely escorted out of here.
    Why don't you take your ads somewhere else...???????????

    I would suggest every body no to click any of those links. They may take you to a "phishing" Stie or download some executable file containing God knows what...!!!

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Psych evaluation and then a good long prison stint...

  • Thumbnailcaf8y9in_max50


    about 4 years ago


    People are acting crazy and stupid! If people are already acting this stupid we all are in for a crazy year in 2012! Way too many people have seen that movie.

  • Police3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    wow. crazy woman

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