A 38-year-old woman accused of trying to run over three Salt Lake City joggers with her car while yelling a racial slur allegedly told police “some people can’t take a joke.”
Holly Stephanie Durham, 38, was charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault.
Police say the driver passed three women jogging on Saturday and yelled a racial epithet at them three times.
Police say the woman returned and shouted the slur while she turned into a driveway the joggers were crossing. They were forced to run into nearby grass to avoid being struck.
Court documents say that Durham admitted to calling the joggers names, but not the same as what the joggers said.
Durham said the women had run out in front of her when she was turning right on a green light. She said she was joking and that some people do not know how to take a joke, according to the documents.
Area residents said they were surprised hearing of the alleged assault.
“It’s disgusting that someone would go out of their way to pull over to hurt someone’s feelings like that,” said nearby resident Tiffany Davis.
Salt Lake Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson said the alleged assault was particularly concerning.
“Anytime that there’s an assault, there’s some kind of anger toward somebody else. But when it’s motivated by some kind of a racial tension, that’s obviously a concern for us,” said Josephson.
Durham is being held on $50,000 bail in Salt Lake County Jail.