Woman arrested after trying to run over mother and daughter with car four times


Published: Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.

LaToya Cherelle Cook, 21, remains behind bars at the Alachua County Jail after Gainesville Police say she tried four times to run over a woman and that woman's 5-year-old daughter at a party Friday night.

According to a police report, Cook and Cindy Lynette Clark got into a fight at an outdoor party in Southeast Gainesville just before 9 p.m. Friday. Cook then got into the driver's seat of a 2010 Chevy Malibu and directed it at Clark and her daughter, accelerated and tried to hit them. Clark jumped out of the way as a bystander grabbed Clark's daughter. Cook put the car into reverse and accelerated toward Clark and her daughter again. She missed Clark but hit a parked vehicle. Cook then tried to hit Clark a third time, missing her but hitting two parked cars. On her fourth and final attempt to hit Clark, Cook ran into another parked vehicle.

"If (Cook) had successfully struck victim 1 or victim 2, it is likely that it would have resulted in the death of one or both," Gainesville Police Officer Kenneth Singletary wrote in his report.

Cook fled the area, but a Gainesville Police officer spotted her driving the Malibu on Southeast Williston Road when she failed to come to a complete stop. She was pulled over and that officer had to physically remove Cook from the car because she refused to get out.

In addition to two attempted murder charges, police also charged her with habitually driving with a suspended license.

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