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Woman charged after fleeing from police

CONYERS -- A 35-year-old woman was jailed after narrowly avoiding hitting two Conyers Police Department vehicles and attempting to strike another before crashing into a utility pole as she fled from the scene of a fight at 910 Park Place.

Police were called to the residence shortly after midnight Jan. 2 where it was reported that the suspect, Torre Ashima Bryant, of 855 Park Place, was extremely intoxicated and had gotten in a fight with her 17-year-old daughter.

As police officers began to arrive, Bryant allegedly got in a green Volkswagen Jetta and sped away, nearly striking her daughter, who was outside with two other people and a police officer. According to a report by Lt. A.R. Peterson, the Jetta narrowly missed the daughter, who had to jump out of the way, and fled at a high rate of speed.

The Jetta reportedly swerved around two police cars that were arriving at the scene and then aimed at a third marked police car, apparently trying to ram it head-on at an estimated speed of 50 to 60 mph. The officer driving that car was able to take evasive action and avoid being struck. In the process the Jetta struck several trash cans on the side of the road and at least four mailboxes.

The three police cars pursued the Jetta, while Lt. Peterson took control of five people who were at the scene. At that time the power in the area went out.

The Jetta sped away, making a right turn onto Pine Log Road, with officers in pursuit. At this point the Jetta was traveling at an estimated speed of 100 mph.

The Jetta struck a utility pole at the intersection of Pine Log Road and Main Street, splitting the utility pole and causing the power in the area to go out. Officers reported seeing flames, sparks and power lines coming down due to the broken utility pole.

Bryant was reportedly trapped in the Jetta, which had come to rest near the railroad tracks, due to damage from the collision with the utility pole. Officers called National EMS, Georgia Power and Rockdale Fire Rescue and Bryant was removed from the vehicle by Fire Rescue.

According to one officer's report, Bryant seemed delusional following the crash into the utility pole. She said that only her right arm was hurting, said she didn't want to speak to the officer, and then tried to kiss him.

Bryant was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta by EMS where a blood sample was taken after police obtained a search warrant.

She was later taken to the Rockdale County Jail where she remained Wednesday. According to an incident report, the Conyers Police Department obtained warrants on charges of aggravated assault, battery, battery -- Family Violence, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, felony fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, reckless driving, aggravated assault on a police officer and DUI alcohol per se.

According to information provided by Bryant's daughter, Bryant and the daughter had gotten into a fight at Checker's Restaurant on Ga. Highway 138 earlier in the evening where the daughter said she was assaulted by her mother, who was drunk. The daughter said the two returned home, and then she left and went to another residence on Park Place to avoid any more trouble. Bryant reportedly went to find her daughter and a confrontation ensued with the daughter and the homeowner.