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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Village of Glenbrook woman arrested after allegedly deliberately ramming sign at McDonald’s

A Village of Glenbrook woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly rammed into a sign at McDonald’s.

Motorists in the parking lot of the restaurant on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 began calling Lady Lake police at around 4 p.m., reporting a red SUV driving “crazy through the parking lot,” according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

When an officer made contact with the driver, 45-year-old Catherine Ellen Johnson, she was “immediately argumentative,” the arrest report indicated.

Crime scene tape is up at the damaged McDonald's sign.
Crime scene tape is up at the damaged McDonald’s sign.

She apparently drove across the median at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and “purposely drove into the sign in front of McDonald’s.”

Damage to the sign was estimated at more than $15,000.

Catherine Ellen Johnson
Catherine Ellen Johnson

When an officer asked her why she had driven into the sign, she said she didn’t like McDonald’s. She also said she “drove into the sign intentionally due to her brother dying,” the report said.

After she was placed in the back of a patrol car, she was able to remove one of the handcuffs in which she had been placed. When an officer got Johnson out of the car to re-secure her, she kicked the officer in the right thigh.

She was booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of criminal mischief and battery on a law enforcement officer. She was released after posting $7,000 bond.

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