Patricia Flores, 35, of Winona is wanted for two counts of aggravated assault and second offense driving under the influence for allegedly striking two teenage girls with her vehicle on July 5 on Powell Street.
According to Winona Police Captain Tommy Bibbs, Flores was arrested and charged on July 5 and was released on a $21,463 bond July 6. Flores failed to appear in Winona City Court on July 8 as scheduled.
She was found guilty in her absence for having no driver’s license, no insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident. Judge Devo Lancaster continued the two counts of aggravated assault to the action of the grand jury, but he did not rule on the DUI due to Flores not appearing in court.
He issued a bench warrant for her arrest, however, Flores continues to evade the authorities.
“She bond jumped,” Chief of Police Johnny Hargrove said. “We are looking for her.”
According to police, the two girls, ages 14 and 15, were traveling west on Powell Street on foot, on their way to the motorcycle show on the grounds of Knox Gymnasium. One of the victims told police that she was walking on the Mt. Moriah Church side of the road when she looked over her shoulder and saw a vehicle approaching. She said she stepped off to the side, but before she could move from the roadway, she was struck. The vehicle did not stop and struck her friend who was walking ahead of her.
The two victims sustained moderate injuries. One suffered two broken bones in her leg and abrasions from being thrown into the air and into the windshield, her head and elbow breaking the glass. The other victim suffered a broken toe and abrasions.
Flores was arrested a short time after the accident after Hargrove spotted her dark green Pontiac near Bob Black’s Wrecker Service on Highway 51 South. Investigators said a 12-year-old passenger was in the vehicle.
She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, second offense driving under the influence, no driver’s license, no insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident.
If you have information about Flores’ whereabouts, contact the Winona Police Department at 662-283-1140.