Police in Tennessee say a woman crashed her vehicle into a church, claimed the devil possessed her, then stabbed her husband at the altar because he was "worshiping" NASCAR.

Stephanie Faye Hamman, 23, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony vandalism, investigators said.

It all started Sunday night, when Hamman crashed her vehicle through the front doors of Providence Church in Church Hill, Tenn., according to a release from the Church Hill Department of Public Safety.

According to police, Hamman's husband told officers he went to the scene and found his wife lying in front of the church altar. The husband said his wife then told him, "The devil is in me," and stabbed him on the right side of his chest with a large kitchen knife.

(CLICK HERE: More photos from the scene, courtesy of WCYB.)

The husband said he pulled the knife out of his chest and ran back to his apartment to wait for police.

Investigators said they later learned Hamman was at the ER of a local hospital. According to police, Hamman told them she felt her husband was "worshiping" the NASCAR race at Bristol. She claimed she became angry and began having "thoughts that the devil put in her head," police said.

Hamman stated she wanted to take several things to the church that would make her feel better, but she could not get in because the doors were locked, said investigators.

"So God told me He wanted me in there, so I drove my car through the front doors," police quoted Hamman as saying."God told me to, so I did it."

Police said Hamman also made the following statement to investigators:

"After I drove through the doors, I put all the things I brought to the church at the altar. I called Steven and told him I had wrecked. I laid down in front of the altar until he got there. The devil told me to take the kitchen knife with me. I prayed I would not have to use it on him, but I did. When Steven came to check on me, I told him the devil was in me and I stabbed him in the heart. Have you heard if he is dead or not?"

According to police, Stephanie continued to say, "I smoke a bunch of weed. I love to smoke it. Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don't. Isn't God good? He told me that this would happen, and just look, I am okay."

Hamman was being held at the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department jail at last check.


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