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New insight about woman who crashed into police station

Stephanie Vester, 36, was arrested Friday for two counts of attempted second degree murder after she drove her a 2007 Mitsubishi into the station. Stephanie Vester, 36, was arrested Friday for two counts of attempted second degree murder after she drove her a 2007 Mitsubishi into the station.
The road in front of the Union Police station runs parallel to the station. That means Vester had to make a sharp turn to crash into it. The road in front of the Union Police station runs parallel to the station. That means Vester had to make a sharp turn to crash into it.

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police say a Memphis woman intentionally crashed her car right through the front door of the Midtown police precinct. Her boyfriend told us Monday, the crash was not intentional, but rather an accident.

Stephanie Vester, 36, was arrested Friday for two counts of attempted second degree murder after she drove her a 2007 Mitsubishi into the station.

"I was kind of in shock," Col. Lori Bullard said.

Bullard says Vester ranted against police officers after the Friday night crash.

"She was upset at the police, she was very upset and very distraught."

An affidavit of complaint sums up her motive in only one word: Anger. It says, "Vester intentionally drove her vehicle through the glass doors...backed her vehicle out and again intentionally drove through the structure's entrance...attempting to hit two police officers."

Vester's boyfriend of three years told me what happened was not intentional.

"I think it was just an accident, that's all it was," Benjamin Archer said.

Archer last saw Vester Thursday. He said she works an overnight shift as a nursing assistant.

"She seemed like a normal person. She was happy," Archer said.

The road in front of the Union Police station runs parallel to the station. That means Vester had to make a sharp turn to crash into it.

Archer says Vester takes Risperdal, a drug used to treat schizophrenia or bipolar mania.

"I want everyone to drop the charges on her you know," Archer said.

No one was injured in the crash. Colonel Bullard plans to get concrete barriers to put in front of the station. Up until now Vester's criminal record included nothing of this magnitude. Her most recent charge was a probation violation 13 years ago. She is being held on 50-thousand dollars bond.

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