Crash Dummy? Woman Tries To Drive Into Sheriff's Office, Claims She Has Bomb, Say Police

Johana Cortes' Vehicle (WGCL)
GA Woman Attempts To Ram Into Sheriff's Office, Claims She Has Bomb, Say Police
Johana Cortes' Vehicle (WGCL)

CALHOUN, GA (CBS/WGCL) A woman involved in a number of accidents around Calhoun, Ga. attempted to crash her vehicle into the Gordon County Sheriff's Office Thursday morning, and once apprehended, authorities say she threatened deputies by claiming she had a bomb.

But before 24-year-old Johana Cortes could reach one of the entrances to the sheriff's office in her 2005 blue Toyota, a law enforcement memorial blocked her path, putting a stop to her.

"Had that memorial not been there, she would have gone right through the door,"  Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A number of workers and visitors were inside the front entrance, but no one was hurt, stated the publication.

Deputies said statements made by Cortes soon after the incident led authorities to search for "suspicious devices," reported CBS affiliate WGCL. According to Bankhead, the GBI used a robot to search her vehicle for an explosive device, but nothing was found, reported the newspaper.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was in the process of obtaining arrest warrants charging Cortes with terroristic threats and acts, interference with government property and criminal damage to property in the second degree.

Cortes, originally from Guatemala, is a naturalized citizen from California. She was being held in a Gordon County hospital under guard.