Fleeing mom crashes car with 3 kids inside


A Hephzibah mother is in jail after police say she led deputies on a drunken, high-speed chase down Travis Road last weekend with three young children in the car.

The vehicle crashed and Rebecca Avrett, 27, of the 3500 block of Mercedes Drive, was hospitalized. She was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday after her release from Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The incident began Saturday night, police said, when a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy spotted what appeared to be an accident involving two cars in the intersection of James Drive and Patrick Avenue. When the deputy stopped to investigate, the driver of one of the cars, identified as Avrett, sped off, according to a sheriff’s report. The deputy pursued the vehicle along James Drive at speeds reaching 85 mph.

After running three stop signs, Avrett lost control of the car and struck a tree at 2401 Travis Road. The three children, ages 6 to 8, might have been injured, according to the report. Police said their medical status was not immediately available this morning. Also in the car was a man identified as Johnathan Smally, 30, of Grovetown.

Avrett was unable to give a statement to deputies after the wreck because of her injuries. She was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and upon her release, was booked into the Richmond County Jail.

She faces 16 charges, including three counts of endangering a child while driving under the influence, reckless driving and fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, according to jail records.

Inside the vehicle, the deputy found an open container of Bud Ice as well as cans of the of the alcohol-infused energy drink Four Loko.