Late Monday (February 28, 2022) evening, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Sergeant was sitting stationary on the shoulder of Highway 10 near the intersection with Burt Road when his radar clocked an eastbound vehicle traveling 91 miles per hour. After a brief pursuit, the Sergeant encountered the driver, Amber Ann Alleman, age 22 and of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Two small children were in the vehicle, properly restrained in car seats.
The Sergeant attempted to issue Alleman a ticket for careless operation of a motor vehicle, at which time she snatched the ticket book from his hand, initially refused to return it and finally threw it at the officer. Alleman was directed to exit her vehicle, at which time she began to drive forward, running over the officer’s foot, causing the sole of his boot to detach from his footwear.
The officer directed Alleman to put her vehicle in park and exit but she refused to do so. The officer attempted to unlock the driver’s door but Alleman rolled the window up, pinning the officer’s arm. The Sergeant was finally able to unlock and open the door and placed handcuffs on Alleman. As she exited her vehicle, she continued to resist before being brought under control.
As Alleman was being placed in the rear of the transport vehicle, the grandmother of the minor children drove by, recognized Alleman’s vehicle and stopped. With Alleman’s permission, the children’s grandmother took custody of them. Alleman was transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
What initially started out as a single traffic violation turned into additional charges due to Alleman’s behavior. She was booked into the jail on charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, criminal damage to property and other charges. Her bond was set at $40,000.
“Several words come to mind”, stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “including immature and irresponsible. Driving at such a high rate of speed is bad enough. Having two minor children in the vehicle only compounds the issue. I am so grateful the children were safe and could be released to the custody of their grandmother.”