Woman arrested for attempting to drive head-on into Boulder County deputy with minivan

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A 28-year-old woman was arrested early Friday morning after she allegedly tried to kill a sheriff’s deputy with her minivan, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. when deputy Eric Robinson was traveling southbound on Highway 36 near Neva Road when he saw a minivan traveling northbound crossing over the center line and heading toward him, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Robinson moved right to try to avoid a head-on collision, but the minivan moved in the same direction. Robinson was able to narrowly avoid colliding with the minivan and stopped on the shoulder.

The minivan then drove off the west side of the road and rolled off the shoulder. Robinson reached the driver, identified as Jessica Lynn Hargest, who said she was trying to kill him, the sheriff’s office said.

Hargest had minor injuries and was treated at Boulder Community Health. She was then booked into the Boulder County Jail on a charge of criminal second-degree attempted murder and other traffic charges.

Deputies don’t believe Hargest was targeting a sheriff’s deputy because the area was extremely dark at the time of the incident, just that she was trying to kill another driver.

“Although we wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone, we are grateful a deputy was involved in this incident, as he was attentive to what was going on and has training in defensive driving, making it possible for him to avoid a head-on collision,” the news release sadi.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Brian Jones at 303-441-1681.