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Woman Accused of Ramming RV Into Woman

BAY MINETTE, AL (AP) -- A Florida woman was accused of ramming her motor home into the back of another woman who had confronted her about cutting in on a long line at a gas station during the Hurricane Dennis evacuation, authorities said.

Baldwin County authorities said Bonnie Sue Ford, 56, was charged with reckless endangerment after she allegedly tried to cut around some 60 vehicles at the State Line Convenience store in Seminole and bumped Jeanie W. Bettcher about 8 p.m. Saturday.

At the time, thousands of motorists were evacuating the Alabama coast and getting gas in advance of the hurricane's arrival Sunday afternoon.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. John Murphy said Bettcher, 51, of Seminole had been among those waiting in line for gas when Ford cut in. Bettcher stepped out of her vehicle and tried to confront Ford.

Murphy said Ford told Bettcher she would hit her with the motor home if she did not move. He said Ford then hit Bettcher in the back and pushed her "to the point where her feet were actually sliding on the ground."

A Baldwin County sheriff's deputy, who had been answering a separate call, heard Bettcher scream. He sprinted toward Ford and got her to stop. Murphy said she was arrested at the scene and released during the weekend on a $1,000 bond.

He said Bettcher declined medical assistance.

Associated Press


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