The Union Recorder

February 21, 2014

Woman flees GSP in patrol car

Kyle Collins
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE —

A Valentine’s Day traffic stop turned crazy for the Milledgeville Georgia State Patrol post.

A woman slipped out of her handcuffs, slid through a 12-inch rear window opening and sped off in a 2010 Dodge Charger patrol car for 15 miles reaching speeds well more than 100 miles per hour.

Sgt. MacKay Bloodworth with GSP Post 33 finally stopped the chase as it neared the Milledgeville city limits. A Precision Immobilization Technique (P.I.T.) maneuver ended 31-year-old Bobbi Nicole Bryant’s escape attempt.

“That’s the first time I’ve executed the P.I.T., and it happened to be on another patrol vehicle,” Bloodworth said.

The entire episode began at 11:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 when Trooper First Class Michael Screws noticed a black Dodge pickup truck traveling west on Ga. 22 with a headlight out.

According to the report, the truck turned onto a long dirt driveway in the 700 block off the highway.

The vehicle sped up after the blue lights were activated.

Screws then realized the truck belonged to convicted felon.

“I had arrested the vehicle owner on active warrants a few months prior to this stop,” Screws said in the report. “Since the vehicle wasn’t stopping, I felt this stop might end in a confrontation.”

The truck finally pulled over at 735 Ga. Highway 22 East, and the driver door swung open. The female driver, Bryant, ran into the woods.

Screws caught her on foot soon after.

With the driver handcuffed “tightly” behind her back, the trooper detained the two passengers, Shane Cox, the truck owner, and Greg Torrance.

Both men have a lengthy criminal history based on the report.

Bryant said, “she ran because of local probation warrants.”

Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies arrived and placed the two men in separate patrol cars, according to the report.

Screws’ patrol car made contact with the back of the Dodge truck during the ruckus of the fleeing driver. He stated “in doing this, I did not get my vehicle all the way into park.”

There was minimal damage to either vehicle.

Bloodworth responded to investigate the contact made between the two vehicles.

While implementing a search of Bryant’s blue JanSport bookbag, Screws found a Xanax pill, two needles, two baggies and spoon with residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the GSP report.

There were three BCSO deputies and the two troopers on the scene at this point.

The night was just beginning.

“I was finishing my search when I heard my car engine rev up. I looked back to see my car maneuvering to leave,” Screws stated in his report. “I saw Ms. Bryant through the passenger’s side window, behind the wheel. I ran to stop the vehicle, but it was too late.”

Already on the phone with Sgt. First Class Post 33 Commander Darrell Dunn, Bloodworth kept the mobile on throughout the hour and a half long chase that followed.

Bryant left the residence heading east on Ga. 22. Bloodworth said she deactivated the patrol car’s blue lights.

The pursuit headed toward Hancock County in heavy rain and poor road conditions, according to the report.

The high-speed chase traveled three miles into Hancock County as Bloodworth noticed the driver passing other vehicles on double yellow lines and on hillcrests.

“She wasn’t just fleeing,” he said. “She was a missile. It was hard to maintain her speed.”

After entering Hancock County, Bryant made a U-turn, driving through a ditch for about 100 yards.

“The violator did not stop, continued back onto the roadway and fled back toward Baldwin County,” Bloodworth stated in his report.

The pursuing trooper requested BCSO units deploy tire deflation devices on Ga. 22.

“(Bryant) was a danger not only to herself, but everyone else. We had to stop her,” Bloodworth said.

The “stop sticks” deflated the fleeing patrol car’s front tires, but Bryant continued on past Lover’s Lane.

Bloodworth matched her speed and noticed the violator trying to pass another vehicle heading directly for oncoming headlights in the opposite lane.

“At that time, I made the decision to terminate the pursuit by using the P.I.T. maneuver,” Bloodworth stated.

The stolen patrol car traveled off the south shoulder, “coming to a stop down an embankment at the edge of a wooded area.”

Bryant fled once again.

The BCSO, Milledgeville Police Department and Georgia College Police set up a perimeter. Both Department of Corrections (DOC) and BCSO K-9 units arrived on the scene.

A DOC bloodhound found the fugitive more than an hour after the chase ended.

EMS personnel transported the female from the Baldwin County Jail to Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Bryant had a bruised leg, wrist and shoulder relating to the handcuffed escape.

Based on a GSP investigation of the stolen car, the 5-foot-9-inch 150-pound Bryant injured her hand removing one cuff. Troopers suspect the other injuries came from squeezing through the foot-wide opening into the patrol car’s front seat.

All four of the stolen patrol car’s tires and wheels were damaged, though the body wasn’t too dinged up. Bloodworth expects the vehicle to be fixed within the week.

Bloodworth thanked the county deputies for being there to slow the chase and said, “it ended in the best possible way.”

“(Bryant) had no intentions of stopping,” he said. “The last thing we wanted was for the chase to get into Milledgeville.”

Bryant sits in the Baldwin County Jail charged with a probation violation for possession of methamphetamine, possession of Xanax, theft by taking auto, felony fleeing/attempting to elude, felony interference with government property, and two counts misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement.

She was also cited for a headlight requirement violation, speeding, escape and reckless driving.