A Baton Rouge woman whose girlfriend was arrested and accused of trying to hit her with a car said Thursday the incident was a misunderstanding.
Witnesses told East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s detectives Tuesday that Melissa Davis, 26, intentionally hit her girlfriend with a car, crashed into a house and then ran away, leaving behind a 2-year-old in the vehicle.
Jacquel James, 26, said Thursday that she and Davis had gotten into an argument and she decided to get out of the car the two, along with her toddler, were riding in. When she went to get out, though, James fell but she said she was never hit by the vehicle. She said the incident was the result of a brake malfunction.
“She was not trying to kill me. And she did not leave my child,” James said of Davis. “I was standing right there.”
James said she ran to the house in the 6700 block of Myrtlewood Drive after Davis crashed into it and pulled her child from the car.
Davis was booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property, hit and run, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and failure to wear a seat belt.
A judge set her bail at $26,000, booking records show. She remained in custody as of Thursday afternoon.