N.O. woman booked with attempted murder after intentionally striking a man with her car

Quaneka Collins

A New Orleans woman was booked with attempted murder after intentionally striking a man she knew with a car in front of his Chalmette home and forcing police to pursue her into the city, Sheriff James Pohlmann

Quaneka Collins, 24, had her young daughter with her in a car when she intentionally struck Ernest Davis, 25, the morning of Jan. 9 as he was about to walk into his residence in the 3700 block of Richelieu Court, the sheriff said.

Davis and Collins had a previous relationship, the sheriff said.

Davis was thrown in the air by the impact and fell to the ground, suffering injuries to his face, arms and legs and was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

Collins fled in the car and refused to stop when sheriff’s deputies spotted her and pursued her into New Orleans, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

She passed several other cars on the shoulder of the road at a high rate of speed in an effort to get away.

Collins led deputies on a pursuit on several streets in the Ninth Ward of the city before she stopped in the 2500 block of Delery Street, got out with her daughter and ran away.They were soon found hiding in a shed on Delery, the sheriff said.

Collins acknowledged afterward that she had struck the victim.

She was booked with attempted murder, aggravated flight from officers and child endangerment because her juvenile daughter was in the fleeing car. Also, Collins was booked with criminal damage to property because she allegedly cut tires on Davis’ vehicle prior to the incident in which he was struck.

She was placed in St. Bernard Parish Prison and is being held in lieu of bond set at $264,000. Her daughter was turned over to a woman chosen by Collins.