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Sioux Falls woman accused of assault


WORTHINGTON -- A Sioux Falls, S.D., woman was jailed Sunday morning after allegedly trying to run over a man with her car in downtown Worthington.

Priscilla Jean Provancial, 23, was charged this week in Nobles County District Court with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and reckless driving.

According to the criminal complaint, a police officer was parked near the Long Branch Saloon around 2 a.m. Sunday morning when a group of people yelled to get his attention. He investigated and found a vehicle on Third Avenue sitting on the sidewalk between a building and a light pole.

As he approached, the vehicle drove off the sidewalk and pulled onto the street. The officer stopped the driver, who he recognized from an altercation earlier that evening inside the bar.

The complaint states the officer had noticed Provancial earlier when she appeared to be yelling at Cole James Johnson as friends and security guards pushed her to the door and then outside. At the time, the officer asked Johnson if there was a problem; he replied there was not.

After Provancial stopped her car, the officer put her in the back seat of his squad car and detained the group standing on the street nearby so they could be interviewed.

While other officers questioned the witnesses, the first officer went back to his squad. The complaint states he did not ask Provancial any questions, but she began talking to him, which was captured by the squad's recording system. She allegedly admitted she tried to run the man over, and apologized for her actions. She said she pressed on the gas, and Johnson jumped on her car and kicked the windshield. She claimed he had called her names and they had argued. She said she knew she had driven on the curb, but she was angry.

As Provancial spoke, the officer noted that Johnson looked at her several times and smiled. It appeared to the officer as if Johnson was trying to agitate Provancial, the officer believed.

One witness stated Johnson had been calling Provancial obscene names while they were inside the bar. Several witnesses who had been outside said they saw Provancial yell at Johnson, then get in her car and try to run him over.

Johnson told authorities he and the woman had argued inside the bar, then outside. He alleged she threw a can at him and he called her names, so she got in her car and tried to run him over. He said he jumped up on the hood so he wouldn't get hit.

Johnson was ticketed for disorderly conduct, the complaint states.

He has a previous disorderly conduct conviction stemming from an incident in 2006, when he was charged with obstructing the legal process, disorderly conduct and fourth-degree assault on a peace officer. He entered into a plea agreement in 2007, and the obstruction and assault charges were dismissed.