Henrico, VA – September 16, 2015 – Police say a Henrico woman ran over a worker trying to repossess her car. The violent episode unfolded along Braxton Avenue in Glen Allen. One area repo driver says he is concerned reality television maybe fueling aggression against drivers.
Jamoya Dee Atkins is accused of hitting a worker trying to repossess her car. Police say she also hit another car.
“Don’t yell at us, scream at us, and throw bricks and all of that,” repo driver Rick Hayward says. “We are doing our job.”
Hayward says reality TV shows are making his job a lot more challenging.
” I think it encourages the vehicle owners to make a big fuss over it,” he says.
Hayward notes Virginia is a peaceful repossession state. That means the repo man or woman can’t force you to hand over your car, but failure to do so means the driver would likely go get a warrant and you could face felony charges.
“The driver is gonna get the car anyway,” Hayward says. “But you will be arrested. You will have to appear before the judge.” In this case, Atkins was charged with hit and run and assault. Hayward says he has learned to expect the unexpected.
“We’ve actually gotten thank you cards,” Hayward says. “I thought that was pretty eloquent. You repossess somebody’s car and they send you a card saying thank you.”
Police say the truck driver was not hurt.
Source: NBC12 Denver