Woman accused of smashing into cars in Springfield shows up in court

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A New Carlisle woman has been charged in the string of crashes on East Main Street Wednesday night.

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Driver accused of reckless operation didn’t show up in court

UPDATE @ 12:15 p.m.: Jessica Doyle showed up for her court arraignment Friday morning, according to Clark County Municipal Court records.

Doyle didn’t enter any plea in her case, court records show, but she was given until Oct. 18 to either hire her own lawyer or the courts will determine if she can be appointed a public defender in the case.

ORIGINAL POST: A New Carlisle woman is accused of being behind the wheel of a car that was seen driving erratically, crashing into at least two other cars and a metal pole in Springfield. The crashes were recorded by cell phone.

Police arrested Jessica Doyle, 34, of 1801 N. Dayton-Lakeview Road, Wednesday evening. She was tackled by a bystander as she was reportedly trying to flee the scene of the crashes on East Main Street.

The incident began just after 6 p.m. when Doyle was allegedly driving a black Pontiac Firebird westbound on East Main Street when she struck another car, sending it into a metal pole, according to a Springfield Police Division crash report.

Sharon Smith works at the Our Hero restaurant, 1802 E. Main St., and heard the commotion from the first crash.

“All the customers ran outside — I mean literally everybody inside ran outside,” Smith said.

Witnesses at the scene submitted video to our news partner WHIO-TV that shows the black Firebird turn around over the curb, and proceed eastbound on Main Street before striking another car stopped in the traffic.

“Its just crazy because if she would have just pulled over when she hit the first car, all the other accidents wouldn’t have happened,” Smith said.

The video continues to show the car back up, and take off again eastbound on Main Street before swerving and hitting the back end of an SUV, the third collision in less than two minutes.

A man said he saw Doyle exit her car and start walking after it had become disabled from the crashes. He asked her to stop, but she continued walking, police said, so he grabbed her and took her to the ground.

Doyle was charged with driving under suspension, hit-skip and failure to control and an assault charge for allegedly biting and punching the man who tried to stop her, according to a Springfield Police Division report.

Doyle was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning, but didn’t show up.

According to Clark County Municipal court records, she is scheduled to appear again Friday morning.

If she does not show up for a second time, court officials said a bench warrant for her arrest could be filed.

According to Springfield police records, Doyle was not tested for drugs or alcohol at the scene of the crash.

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