Chattanooga woman accused of attempted homicide on police officer

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A routine traffic stop by a Chattanooga police officer nearly turned deadly.

Nakara Jackson, 29, of Chattanooga is facing 11 charges including attempted vehicular homicide on a patrol officer.

According to the arrest affidavit, offcier Joseph Sabba pulled over a motorist in the 4700 block of Bonnie Oaks on suspicion of DUI. While the officer reportedly tried to conduct a field sobriety test, a white 2007 Dodge Ram pulled up behind the Sabba’s patrol car. According to officer Sabba, that same truck had driven past him slowly with the headlights off.

Two other officers arrived on scene and reportedly tried to make contact with the driver of the Dodge Ram that remained parked behind officer Sabba’s patrol car.

According to the affidavit, as one one of the officer got close, the truck sped off. At one point while speeding away, officers say the truck made an aggressive right hand turn toward officer Sabba before driving away. According to one of the other officers, the truck missed officer Sabba by only a few feet.

The other officers pursued the vehicle to a residence in the 4200 block of Shorewood Drive. The driver, who was later identified as Nakara Jackson reportedly jumped out of the truck and tried to flee into her home. While trying to run through the garage, the officers reportedly used force to take Jackson down.

Once Jackson was in handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car, police say she managed to slip her hands out of the cuffs; exit the patrol car and lead officer on a foot chase through a neighbor’s back yard. When officers caught up to Jackson, she reportedly put up a fight and had to be tased so officers could get her back in handcuffs.

One of the officers who helped to take Jackson into custody suffered a minor injury.

Jackson’s bond was set at $54,500 and her next court date is February 11.

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