Intentional wrong-way Baker driver charged for near-head-on collision

A wrong-way driver caused a nearly head-on crash on U.S. Hwy 98 in Mary Esther Saturday. (OCSO photo)

MARY ESTHER, Fla., Feb. 19, 2023—A Baker woman who intentionally drove westbound in the eastbound lanes on U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field is charged with aggravated battery.

Approximately 10 witnesses told the Okaloosa County Sherifif’s Office they saw Anessia Caitlyn Jines, 20, speeding in her Nissan Sentra and deliberately swerving to try to collide with oncoming traffic around one p.m. yesterday.

The Keyser Mill Road resident ultimately hit nearly head-on a Toyota Avalon driven by a 71-year-old woman who suffered significant but non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident closed both eastbound lanes of Hwy 98 for nearly an hour.

An off-duty OCSO deputy at the scene tried to detain Jines as she attempted to walk away. When Jines asked why the deputy was touching her, he replied, “because you could have killed someone.” She replied that she didn’t care and “it was their bad.”

Jines also refused to walk to the patrol car, going limp as deputies tried to walk her to the patrol car.

Jines, who was not injured in the crash, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

Staff and OCSO news release

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