HIGH SPRINGS ‒ Joanna Hogg Rivers, 39, of Alachua, was arrested on Monday, April 10, and charged with simple battery and aggravated assault after allegedly accelerating her car toward a woman in High Springs.

A High Springs Police Department officer responded to a home in High Springs, where the victim reportedly told him that Rivers had come to her house and shouted obscenities at her. The victim said she went inside the house and Rivers left in her car but came back a short time later and started yelling again.

The victim said that Rivers accelerated her car onto the property, leaving tire marks in the yard and skid marks on the pavement. She said she had to jump behind a palm tree on the side of her house because she said she was in fear of her life. She said she thought Rivers was trying to run her down.

She said Rivers then followed her onto the back porch of her home, pushed her against the wall, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground. The victim said Rivers “got in my face, pulled me [to the] ground and stomped on my face.” A witness reportedly corroborated the victim’s story.

Rivers has one misdemeanor conviction for petit theft. Bail was set at $55,000 by Judge Susan Miller-Jones.

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