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Jasmine Cotter


Charges are pending for a woman who authorities say ran over and killed her boyfriend during an argument Oct. 26.

Jasmine Hope Cotter, 18, Jones, was arrested after she allegedly ran over 21-year-old Damian Ruston of Ada on State Highway 1 six miles east of Ada. Cotter reportedly told authorities she deliberately ran Ruston Over.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison could not comment on what charges could be filed but did say received a report of the incident from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Cotter was due in court Wednesday to be charged but her attorney had a timing conflict and her appearance was postponed.

“We’re still reviewing reports to determine a charging decision,” Tillison said.

Cotter is being held in the Pontotoc County Justice Center without bail. Emergency officials responded to the scene at 12:13 a.m. Ruston was rushed to Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada, then taken by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City to be treated for what OHP Trooper Brian Bagwell said were “critical head and internal injuries.”

Ruston died at 12:03 a.m. Oct. 27. When Bagwell arrived at the scene, Cotter was detained in Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Shandy Bynum’s patrol vehicle. Cotter was read her Miranda warning and agreed to tell what happened, Bagwell said.

Ruston and Cotter were having an argument on the shoulder of the highway.

“Cotter said that Ruston had spit in her face, flipped her off and called her a (expletive), saying that she would not run over him,” Bagwell said in a court affidavit. “Cotter said that she ‘snapped’ and ran over him.”

Cotter said she stopped the vehicle and ran back to Ruston and called 911 for help. Bagwell gave Cotter a sobriety test and arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol by person under 21 and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

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