Driver charged after intentionally striking crossing guard - WKRN News 2

Driver charged after intentionally striking crossing guard

Posted: Updated: Oct 29, 2012 06:11 PM CDT
Shanikia Word, 29, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and driving on a suspended license. Shanikia Word, 29, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and driving on a suspended license.
Shanikia Word declined to do an interview with Nashville's News 2 on Monday. Shanikia Word declined to do an interview with Nashville's News 2 on Monday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police arrested a Nashville woman Thursday on charges she struck a school crossing guard intentionally with her vehicle.

The incident occurred outside Madison Middle School located at 300 Old Hickory Boulevard.

Investigators believe that at first, 29-year-old Shanikia Word accidentally bumped into the crossing guard, 39-year-old Tonya Dunlap, as she attempted to stop traffic for children to cross the roadway.

Word pulled into the school parking lot and began to "yell and cuss" at the guard when she learned Dunlap was calling police, according to the arrest report.

The affidavit indicates that Word then got back in her car and deliberately drove into Dunlap twice more before driving away.

Arrest documents show Word actually called 911 herself to report that she "did not hit the victim with her vehicle and she was going home to her house to wait for officers."

Word was taken into custody at her Becklea Drive home and charged with aggravated assault and driving on a suspended license.

She has since been released on a $12,000 bond.

Dunlap was transported to an area hospital where she was treated and released for a knee injury.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates went to Word's home Monday where she declined to do an interview, saying her lawyer was not present.
 
In Nashville, Word has a substantial arrest history.

In 2007, Word was charged with aggravated assault in following a physical altercation during which she reportedly flashed a gun.

In 2009, she was charged with charged evading arrest after she attempted to run over law enforcement officers at the 100 Oaks Mall during a shoplifting investigation.

And in April of 2011, Word had a .380 semi automatic pistol, went up to a home, cocked the trigger and, "I will shoot you."

She was charged with aggravated assault for the incident.

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