A woman accused of trying to run over more than a dozen people, including children, while driving drunk at the Raymond Sanders Apartment Complex in Benson, says there is more to the story than what was reported.
Ms. Walls contacted The Daily Record through an online message saying she wanted to comment on the article "Chief Says Drunken Woman Tried To Run Over Children," which ran April 30.
"I was that drunken woman," Ms. Walls said in her online comment. "The article was exaggerated and made me look like a bad person
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In the original article, Benson Police Chief Kenneth Edwards said his department received a call around 11:15 the night of the incident about a woman in a van allegedly trying to run over people at the complex.
When officers arrived on the scene, Ms. Walls, a resident at the apartment complex, was already gone, Chief Edwards said, but not before allegedly trying to run down two groups of residents and driving around to the back of her apartment where she allegedly struck a guy wire with her van and knocked out power to the complex.
Ms. Walls was arrested after she returned to the scene, Chief Edwards said, by driving her van around his car, which was blocking the road leading to the complex, and almost running over one of his officers.
Chief Edwards said Ms. Walls was so drunk she couldn't stand on her own and had been driving in that condition with her young son in the van. Ms. Walls doesn't dispute much of the story, including the fact that she'd been drinking and listening to music in her van while parked in the complex's parking lot, with her 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son before the incident
She said in an interview with The Daily Record she hadn't drank in about six months and only did so that night because her medication was not working effectively, a medication she said decreases her desire to drink when properly adjusted.
Ms. Walls said all she remembers is having fun hanging out with her children one minute, being yanked out of the van and handcuffed the next.
Her daughter and others filled in the blank spots with what they saw, she said. Ms. Walls reiterated several times that she was not trying to run over anybody, especially children.
" According to my daughter , I wasn't trying to run over anybody, I was trying to get away," Ms. Walls said. "Everybody who knows me was surprised it (the story) was written like that because they know that's not how I am, I love children."
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Ms. Walls acknowledges that she probably "flipped out" due to her anger at being harassed, but said she didn't know where she was going. She said her daughter told her she drove around behind the apartment between the power pole and guy wire.
Ms. Walls said she later found out she'd driven to a convenience store where she apparently spoke to a friend.
"(My friend) said I had come in there and I was in hysterics telling her I did something and was scared and I didn't know what to do," Ms. Walls said. "She told me I needed to go back home and take care of my kids. So I guess that's why I was heading back."
Ms. Walls said the next thing she remembered was lying on the ground handcuffed, "looking around with everything sideways in my view."
She said Benson Police Officer Danny Lucas, the officer who Ms. Walls allegedly almost ran over, told her the only thing that kept her from getting shot was that he saw her son standing in the back of the van
Ms. Walls said it was right for police to take her to jail, she had no business behind the wheel. "I can't blame them and I'm truly sorry for what I put them through, especially the officer I almost hit," she said.
Ms. Walls said she accepts responsibility for her actions. She said she is living with a family member and has a court date in August. She said she is working to find a job and get her medication straightened out.
She said she is sobered by the thought of what happened.
"It was hard to believe that I was capable of doing those things, that's the sad part, that I can't remember what happened," Ms. Walls said. "Blacking out, that has never happened to me before and it's scary.
"This was way too serious, I love my children too much to ever let something like that happen again," she said. " That's why I know I'll never drink another sip of alcohol as long as I live