ATLANTA - A 16-year-old was arrested after authorities said she rammed a Georgia State Patrol car after a traffic stop and chase.
A trooper pulled over a black Mercedes CLS for failure maintain lane and driving without headlights on Interstate 75/85 NB prior to the Brookwood Split around 3:00 Friday morning. The driver initially accelerated, but then stopped near Northside Drive on I-75 Northbound. Once the officer got out of the car, GSP spokesman Cpl. Jason Buckner said the driver took off, exited the highway on Howell Mill Road and drove into a private parking lot where the trooper boxed in the vehicle.
Cpl. Buckner said that's when the driver rammed the right side of the patrol car in an attempt to get away, but the trooper was able to stop the vehicle with a PIT maneuver. Two or three female passengers ran away from the scene. Initially Cpl. Buckner said two male passengers fled.
"Anytime we initiate a traffic stop not only is the public at risk but in this case the trooper was at risk when she decided to ram the vehicle along with the passengers in the car. We are fortunate nobody was seriously injured," Cpl. Bucker said.
The trooper did complain of slight neck pain.
During the investigation troopers found the 16-year-old driver was a runaway reported missing by Hapeville Police. She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for a medical checkup. Police also found she was DUI.