Handcuffed Milledgeville woman leads chase in stolen patrol car

Telegraph staffFebruary 20, 2014 

A woman wearing handcuffs slipped through the holding cage of a Georgia State Patrol car and sped off with blue lights flashing.

Bobbi Bryant, 31, of Milledgeville, faces multiple charges following the high-speed chase in Baldwin and Hancock counties last week.

Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Dunn, commander of the GSP’s Milledgeville post, said the 5 foot 9 inch, 140-pound Bryant wriggled into the front seat.

She squeezed through an opening at the edge of the barrier between the front and back seats -- a gap that is barely a foot wide.

“She had to do some trying to do that,” Dunn said. “Looking at what she went through, all of it’s kind of unbelievable.”

Just before 11:30 p.m. Friday, a Georgia State Patrol trooper stopped Bryant’s 1997 Dodge pickup for a headlight violation in the 700 block of Ga. 22, according to a preliminary GSP report.

She ran off from her two passengers but was caught, handcuffed behind her back and put in the back seat of the 2010 Dodge Charger patrol car.

Bryant was able to remove one of the handcuffs and squeeze into the driver’s seat.

Officers searching the truck nearby were busy for about half an hour.

“All of a sudden the patrol car takes off,” Dunn said.

And away went Bryant eastbound on Ga. 22.

The pursuit went on for about 12 minutes at speeds upward of 100 mph, roughly 15 miles in all, into Hancock County before she turned off the lights and made a U-turn back toward Milledgeville.

Baldwin County deputies laid stop sticks, which deflated the front tires. She slowed down but kept going in the patrol car.

“She tried to elude them, and our people backed them up,” Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said.

The pursuing trooper did a PIT maneuver, and the patrol car went into a ditch inside Baldwin County.

After the car stopped, she bolted into the woods. Dogs were called in, and she was later caught, Dunn said.

“She didn’t have a whole lot of comments,” he said.

Bryant was taken to Oconee Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and then booked into the Baldwin County jail on numerous charges, including felony possession of methamphetamine and Xanax.

Warrants also were issued for two counts of obstruction of law enforcement, automobile theft, interference with government property, fleeing or attempting to elude.

She also was cited for headlight requirement violations, speeding, reckless driving and escape. There also was an outstanding warrant for a probation violation when she was pulled over.

No damage estimate of the stolen patrol car was immediately available. It was still in the shop Thursday afternoon.

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