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Cops: Woman fled hospital after bar fight

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Stitches or no stitches, Hillary Ott was determined not to go to jail. She did anyway.

Police say the Duluth woman accused of starting a bar fight Sunday morning fled from their custody in the middle of receiving treatment at Gwinnett Medical Center, using a back door before an officer chased her down in the parking lot.

Gwinnett County officers responded to the Arena Tavern on Satellite Boulevard around midnight, finding Ott and another man walking outside in the parking lot. Ott, 25, reportedly told officers multiple times that they "had the wrong guy."

Upon interviewing witnesses, police determined that a fight broke out inside the bar when someone threw a ketchup bottle at one of the victims. Three witnesses each said that, "Ott jumped on (the male victim) and struck him several times in the face."

Ott was ultimately arrested and charged with obstruction and battery before Gwinnett County Jail officials determined she needed stitches for a cut on her knee, according to reports. The original officer took her to Gwinnett Medical Center, but police didn't have her just yet.

"I was not aware that the room (Ott was being treated in) had a second door on the opposite side of the room," the officer, who was waiting in the hallway, wrote. "That door led straight to the hospital lobby."

Ott reportedly bolted as soon as the nurse stepped out of the room, forcing the officer to chase her down in the parking lot.

After her treatment was finally completed, Ott was taken back to jail, this time with an additional charge of escape. She later posted $9,400 bond.