Mother charged; accused of assaulting school resource officers, ramming multiple police cars during chase

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Memphis mother is accused of assaulting Shelby County School officers and ramming into multiple police cars after leading law enforcement on a chase Friday.

It all began in Whitehaven.  Police say Audrell Qualls picked up her two children, ages 5 and 6, from a summer block party at Whitehaven High School after leaving them there by themselves. A third child was already with her.

According to the affidavit, Qualls was called about leaving the children unattended, and did not return for about two hours. When she finally did, police say as they were checking her ID, they learned she had two outstanding warrants for driving with a revoked license and driving without insurance.

The affidavit says when officers tried to arrest her, she refused to stop and hit two Shelby county school officers, dragged one Memphis police officer, and reportedly purposely hit a third SCS officer before running into a SCS car.

Police say Qualls was in the car with her three children as police pursued her from Whitehaven to Southaven, Mississippi.

After leading police on the chase, investigators say she collided with two Southaven police cars before she crashed. Southaven police officers chased Qualls’ car after it knocked down a pole and crashed into a yard, landing on its side.

Several residents in Southaven say they saw some unbelievable moments.

“Once they got like really close to her, they hit the car and the car like swerved a little bit and hit the pole,” said a neighbor. “It hit the pole and it started going around and around. It was the Southaven Police the one that hit the car.”

“They all came out and started pointing at the cars with the guns,” said a witness. 

Next, Memphis police arrived on scene.

A woman who lived three houses down from where the suspect’s car crashed says her children were stunned and silent when they got out of the wrecked car.

“It’s crazy because there were kids inside. It’s like if they knew there were kids inside, why would they do that,” said the resident.

Authorities tell us none of the children or officers were seriously injured.

Qualls is now facing several charges including reckless driving, evading arrest, aggravated assault, and child abuse.  

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