Speeding cycle crashes in downtown Senoia

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It was over almost before it started. And a Griffin woman was fortunate to be able to walk away after her motorcycle crashed and temporarily caught fire in a June 26 high-speed attempt to elude officers in downtown Senoia.

Holly Victoria Hensler, 22, was charged with speeding, fleeing and attempting to elude and reckless driving in the 52-second pursuit that began on June 26 at 12:36 a.m., according to Senoia Police spokesperson Steve Tomlin.

Tomlin said an officer heading west on Ga. Highway 16 clocked two motorcycles at 71 miles per hour. He turned around and, with lights and siren on, was beginning to catch up with them, Tomlin said.

The bikes made a left turn onto Broad Street and continued north. But it was when Hensler’s bike crossed the railroad tracks at Barnes Street that her bike went airborne and she lost control of the motorcycle, Tomlin said.

Tomlin said Hensler stayed on the motorcycle until it came crashing to a stop and briefly caught fire on Barnes Street behind Hollberg’s Furniture store. The short-lived fire extinguished itself, Tomlin added.

Hensler suffered minor injuries and was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where she was treated and released into police custody.

Tomlin said officers are investigating the identity of the rider of the other motorcycle who continued to flee the scene when Hensler crashed.