Woman Doesn’t Take “No” for an Answer, Runs Over Ex-Boyfriend During High-Speed Pursuit
SPRING HILL – An obsessed woman’s refusal to accept “no” for an answer led to running her estranged boyfriend over with a car during a high-speed pursuit.
According to officials, 24-year-old Jessica Anne Barnes tried to have a conversation with James Aristilde, both students at PHSC, while at the Spring Hill Campus on Friday. Aristilde and Barnes dated for about a month but ended the relationship over two months ago. Aristilde refused to speak to Barnes and took off on his motorcycle northbound on Commercial way. Barnes pursued Aristilde until they reached the Regency Oaks subdivision, where they exceeded speeds of 50 to 70 mph. At one point Barnes pulled up next to Aristilde and sideswiped his motorcycle, causing him to pull off the road in front of 5155 Panther Drive. That’s when Barns turned her vehicle around and accelerated toward his motorcycle, striking it, and causing it to fall on his leg.
Witnesses who called 911 initially thought the incident was two people racing through the neighborhood, until they found out that it was intentional.
Aristilde only suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Barnes was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Battery and Stalking. She is currently free on a $9,500 bond.
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