Woman Accused of Using SUV to Ram Deputy Is Charged

The deputy wrestled the suspect out of her car after he was hit on Tuesday

By Jason Kandel
|  Thursday, Jul 18, 2013  |  Updated 4:44 PM PDT
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OC Woman Arrested for Trying to Run Over Sheriff's Deputy

Orange County Sheriff's Department

Rebecca McLaughlin is accused of intentionally driving her car into a bike-riding police officer at John Wayne Airport on July 16, 2013.

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OC Woman Arrested for Trying to Run Over Sheriff's Deputy

An Orange County woman has been booked for attempted murder, after allegedly trying to run over a sheriff's deputy at the John Wayne Airport parking structure. Sheriff's officials said drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash. Vikki Vargas reports from John Wayne Airport the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 17, 2013.
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A woman was charged with attempted murder in connection with using her SUV to hit an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy on a bicycle at John Wayne Airport, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Rebecca Lee McLaughlin, 48, Newport Beach, is charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer, and aggravated assault.

If convicted, she faces a life sentence in prison.

She’s accused of driving her Toyota Sequoia through a closed-lot entrance booth on Tuesday night and breaking the barricade to enter an airport parking structure.

She allegedly tried to run down an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy who was patrolling the area on his bicycle, prosecutors said in a statement.

The force of the collision threw the deputy 20 feet and destroyed the bike, officials said.

After the collision, the suspect tried to drive off but jumped a curb and hit a parking pole, prosecutors said.

The deputy, who suffered minor cuts and bruises, ran to the disabled vehicle and arrested her.

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