NC woman accused of ramming police cars, singing about Jesus was off meds, family says

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GASTONIA, N.C. – A North Carolina woman accused of driving around in circles at a busy intersection and ramming into two police cars was off her medication, according to family.

The family of Bessemer City resident Debra Lloyd told the Gaston Gazette she has mental health problems and recently stopped taking her medication.

Debra Lloyd
Debra Lloyd

“I think people should know that she’s a good girl. She would never intentionally try to hurt anyone,” said Patty Cecil, Lloyd’s cousin.

Lloyd is accused of driving around in circles, blocking traffic at a busy Gastonia intersection on Thursday afternoon. A witness said she was yelling and waving her arm out the window at the time.

An officer reportedly asked the woman driving what her name was and she allegedly responded, “Faith, hope and love.” She then allegedly backed up and rammed into his car.

She also hit another Gastonia police car and two other cars. The driver eventually overturned and went down a hill.

A witness said she got out of her car and starting singing the phrase “Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

No one was seriously injured, according to the paper.

The driver faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon on an officer and careless and reckless driving. She was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Lloyd had recently stopped taking medication for a bipolar disorder and believed God was going to heal her, family members told the Gazette.

Read more: The Gaston Gazette

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