Woman tries to jump out of security car

•DULUTH - A woman reportedly tried to jump out of a moving car rather than pay for a spa service.

Kelly Oakley, 18, of Jacksonville, N.C., tried to pay for her treatment at the Gwinnett Place Mall's Day Spa with a check, according to a police report, then told employees she had a credit card in her car when she learned they did not accept checks.

A store employee reportedly walked with Oakley, who gave the name Jasmine Spano, to look for her car before asking a security officer to drive her to it.

Oakley tried to jump out of the security officer's car and grabbed at the gear shift and steering wheel before she was handcuffed, according to reports. She was charged with battery, simple battery and giving a false name to an officer.

Ladders stolen from homes

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A brazen thief has been stealing ladders from homes on Plantation Boulevard, according to police reports.

A woman who lives on the street told police a white man in a blue shirt and white hat jumped over her fence Wednesday afternoon and took an aluminum extension ladder that was leaning against her house. The man was last seen walking down the street with a ladder over his head, the police report stated.

Last week, the suspect also apparently swiped a ladder from a neighbor's house while the homeowner was working on his roof, leaving the man stranded.

Gwinnett school buses vandalized

•SNELLVILLE - Someone damaged 21 Gwinnett County Public School buses that were parked Thursday at Shiloh Middle School at 4285 Shiloh Road.

The school superintendent, Mary Conway, told police the buses were parked in a fenced-in lot behind the school and the damage occurred sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. Vandals broke mirrors and headlights or punctured tires, but the damage was randomly spread throughout the secure lot, according to a police report.

Two men arrested after police chase

•DACULA - Two men were arrested Thursday after allegedly leading police on a chase from Gwinnett to DeKalb County in a stolen car on Interstate 85.

An officer spotted the stolen 1987 Chevrolet Caprice heading south on I-85 about 4 a.m. and noticed the vehicle was being followed by a Dodge Durango. When they attempted to pull over the Chevy, the driver began swerving all over the road before taking the exit ramp to Interstate 285 and then exiting again at Chamblee-Tucker Road.

Officers discontinued the pursuit out of concern for motorists' safety, but while the driver was still within sight he lost control, according to a police report. The car sailed through a rail fence at a gas station on Chamblee-Tucker Road.

The driver, Roderick Jones, then tried to get out and flee, but he was captured under the Chamblee-Tucker Road bridge over I-285. Jones was charged with theft by taking, fleeing from police and obstruction.

A passenger in the Chevrolet escaped on foot.

Police also arrested the driver of the Dodge Durango, William Hammond, and charged him in connection with the stolen car.

- From staff reports