CRIME
01/02/2013 10:22 am ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

Angela Cornett Allegedly Hit Teen With Car In Walmart Parking Dispute

A school board member is accused of ramming a teen's leg with her car after a heated dispute over a Walmart parking space.

Angela Cornett was arrested on Friday at the Cartersville, Ga. Walmart after a 17-year-old told cops she was trying to hold a parking space for her friend -- who was a new mom -- when Cornett ran into her with her car, according to WSBTV.

"[Cornett] told her to move and then she pulled into the parking spot and hit her with the tire of the vehicle," Bartow County Sheriff's Office Investigator Jonathan White said. "They did see scuff marks on the victim's knee, which was consistent with the height of the tire during that incident."

Deputies said security camera footage of the incident showed the teen was "physically moved" by the car but was not seriously hurt.

Cornett disputed the accusations in an interview with the Daily Tribune News.

“My daughter and I were at Walmart yesterday and we pulled into a parking space next to the buggies,” Cornett said. “While we’re halfway in the parking space, there was a girl standing there with a buggy and she leaned into my car and up against my car and gets dirt on her pants ... I was at a standstill at that point because when I saw her I stopped."

Cornett said the teen was unharmed.

“I backed out and got into the parking space across from it and called the police," Cornett said. "The ambulance came, she refused medical treatment — there was nothing wrong with her, and in fact, afterward she walked into the Walmart laughing and continued her shopping.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Cornett was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the state in which Cartersville is located. It is in Georgia.

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