Police: Woman, driven for revenge, drives through ex's apartment
DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- The engine's revving is what first got Mandy Trionfo's attention.
"We looked out the window and we seen the car coming toward us, and I grabbed my son by his feet, and we all ran to the closet," she says.
Within seconds, she would be on the phone to Whitfield County's 911, calling for an officer to come to 905 Lindell Street in Dalton. It was past 2:00 Thursday morning.
Friday morning, the remnants of a love-gone-wrong, close-encounter-of-the-automotive kind, are scattered.
A White Chevy HHR sits in the back lot of a wrecker service, its front bumper trashed.
Trionfo's next door neighbor's front-wall fares much worse.
"Not only did she run into it once," Dalton Police public information officer Bruce Frazier says. "But she actually hit the building three times!"
"She climbed over the car," neighbor Cathy Flood says. "Went inside where she had busted through the wall."
'She', Dalton Police allege, is Sherie Leah Griffin, 47. Her Facebook page lists her credo as "I love having fun" and her favorite quote as, "wasn't me."
Four officers would respond after the first on scene reported seeing Griffin yelling at her now ex-boyfriend, Truman Bolden, and his new live in girlfriend.
"They're sitting on the couch right there against the wall and she's ramming it," Frazier says.
"Then I heard this girl banging the wall saying, 'help me, help me', Trionfo says.
"(Griffin) said that she wanted to show (Bolden) that he couldn't just treat people the way he wanted to," Frazier continues.
"She was totally out there," Flood says.
Neither Bolden nor his girlfriend were injured.
"From a legal standpoint, she (Griffin) is very lucky in that," Frazier says.
As it stands, Griffin faces felony charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal damage to property.
"When we transported her to the hospital, I know that she was combative there," Frazier says. "We had to restrain her."
Thus adding misdemeanor charges: simple battery, Unsafe driving under the influence (a blood alcohol level presumed less than the legal limit), reckless driving and obstructing an emergency medical technician.
Griffin made her first appearance in Magistrate Court Friday afternoon. She'll spend the weekend in the Detention Center, due in Superior Court Tuesday.
"She acted like a crazy woman," Trionfo says. "It was embarrassing, you know?"
The wall's damage is serious enough that the landlord evacuated three neighboring units for more than three hours, until they were assured the building remained structurally sound.
Friday morning, Bolden was nowhere to be seen. But his sister and his brother-in-law were moving his belonging's out of his apartment. The landlord evicted him.
Trionfo couldn't be more relieved.
"I really don't want it around here,"she says. "I've only been here two weeks. But there's too much stuff going on around here."
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:35 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:35:27 GMT
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