Police: Woman intentionally drives car into Suwanee Walmart

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

SUWANEE -- A Walmart employee was arrested Friday after police said she intentionally drove her car into the entrance of the Suwanee store.

Rachel Leah Newman, 21, of Lawrenceville -- an employee of the store at 3245 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road -- purposely backed her vehicle into the front entrance at around 6:30 a.m., Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said.

She faces felony charges of aggravated assault and first-degree criminal damage to property, as well as a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct.

The aggravated assault charge stems from someone who was standing in the main entrance area during the time of the incident, Byers said. That person was unharmed.

Officials said the majority of the damage was sustained by the store's automatic sliding doors.

Police did not know a specific motive for the crime Friday afternoon, Byers said, simply because they didn't really need to -- Newman was reportedly still at the scene as officers arrived.

"It's kind of like walking up on a murder scene and someone holding a smoking gun in their hand," Byers said. "We didn't have to do a whole lot of investigation."

Store officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

Gwinnett County Jail records show Newman is being held without bond.