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Man escapes bailiff, starts chase

By Ed Brock

An Atlanta man broke away from a Forest Park bailiff and led police on a chase in a stolen van.

Around 10:38 a.m. Wednesday 31-year-old Torian Marquise Ragland had been sentenced to serve six months in jail for driving on a suspended license when he got away from the bailiff at Forest Park Municipal Court on Cash Memorial Drive, according to Forest Park Police Capt. Chris Matson. Damaging a display in the hallway outside the courtroom, Ragland left the building and ran down Cash Memorial until he found and took a conversion van. Forest Park officers in an unmarked vehicle followed him until College Park police joined them and they converged on the van.

Ragland jumped out of the still moving van and tried to run but surrendered after police blocked his escape. The Forest Park police officers took him into custody and nobody was hurt during the incident.

The charges against Ragland include escape, fleeing and attempting to elude, driving on a suspended license, obstruction of officers and more.