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TAYLOR, MI – Orlene Alberta Jones, 68-years-old, of Wyandotte, has been charged in connection with a hit and run incident that occurred during a downriver Black Lives Matter protest and injured a 45-year-old Van Buren Township woman.

On June 16, 2020 at approximately 7:20 p.m., Taylor police officers were dispatched to a location in the 23300 block of Goddard Road in response to a call from the protesters. The protesters walked south on Telegraph Road, an crosses at Goodard Road, it is alleged that while the defendant was driving eastbound on Goddard the protesters stopped in the roadway. When her vehicle was close to the protesters it is alleged that the defendant drove off, striking a 45-year-old woman from Van Buren Township. While doing so, she also caused a male protester to jump off his bike to a avoid being hit by her car.

As a result, Ms. Jones drove over his bike and causing extensive damage. It is further alleged that the defendant immediately fled from the scene.The female victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and received medical attention at the scene. Investigation by the Taylor Police Department led to the identification of the defendant. 

Ms. Jones has been charged with the misdemeanors Failure to Stop/Report a Personal Injury Accident, Failure to Stop/Report Property Damage Accident, and Malicious Destruction of Property – $200 – $1,000.

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