Macon woman who stole police car, drove toward officers gets 5 years in prison

A woman was sentenced to serve five years in prison this morning after she pleaded guilty to stealing a police car and driving toward three police officers and her Department of Family and Children Services caseworker in July.

Dawn Renee Macklin, 33, of Broadway in Macon, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, one count of aggravated assault, one count of motor vehicle theft and to violating terms of her probation.

Macklin gave birth to a baby on July 6 that tested positive for cocaine, said Assistant Bibb County District Attorney Nancy Scott Malcor.

Following the child's birth, Macklin was prohibited from being alone with the baby under DFACS requirements, Malcor said.

But on the evening of July 28, the baby's father contacted DFACS and said Macklin had been using drugs all day and had left with the baby, Malcor said.

Police officers found Macklin at her home and detained her in the back of a police car, she said.

At some point, Macklin broke through the cage separating the front and rear seats of the Macon police car, Malcor said.

Sitting behind the wheel, Macklin drove toward the gathered group of officers and her DFACS caseworker who had to move out of the way to avoid being run down, Malcor said.

Macklin was soon apprehended by police, she said.

After her release from prison, Macklin also must serve 10 years on probation, complete 200 hours of community service, reimburse the public defender's office $500 and pay probation fees.