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‘I Don’t Have Time For This,’ Texas Mom Arrested For Hitting Deputy With Her Car As He Directed Traffic Outside Her Child’s School

San Antonio, TX – A Texas woman intentionally hit a Zavala County Sheriff’s Office (ZCSO) deputy with her car while he was directing traffic outside her child’s school last week, according to police.

The incident occurred at IDEA Walzem charter school on Walzem Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, WOAI reported.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, ZCSO Deputy Michael Hernandez was working off-duty directing traffic at the school when he attempted to stop 32-year-old Susan Rodriguez from traveling down the route she was taking, KSAT reported.

Investigators said Rodriguez had intentionally ignored traffic safety and the normal flow of traffic outside the school and was trying to drive in an area that had a significant amount of student foot traffic.

Deputy Hernandez ordered Rodriguez to get back into the regular school drop-off line, but she refused, according to the affidavit.

“I don’t have time for this,” she allegedly told him. “I am late for work.”

Police said the suspect then turned the wheel of her car in the deputy’s direction and rapidly accelerated, hitting Deputy Hernandez with her vehicle, KSAT reported.

Rodriguez then sped around to the back side of the school to drop her child off.

Deputy Hernandez was able to catch up to the suspect as she was dropping off her child and detained her until Bexar County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, KSAT reported.

Bodycam footage showed Rodriguez confessing that she knew she hit the deputy with her car and that she heard the impact, but that she continued driving to the back of the building anyway, according to the affidavit.

Rodriguez allegedly said she didn’t have time to stop to check on him because she was late for work, KSAT reported.

She was initially cited for disregarding traffic laws.

Two days later, an arrest warrant was issued after a review of the bodycam footage allegedly showed Rodriguez crashing her car into Deputy Hernandez, KSAT reported.

She was arrested and booked into the Bexar County Jail on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and failure to stop and render aid.

Her bond was set at $25,000, KSAT reported.

Rodriguez was released from jail on Sept. 4.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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