Video shows attack in pickup line at Cocoa High School

3 arrested, Cocoa police car sent into ditch

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

COCOA, Fla. - Three people were arrested and a deputy’s patrol car ended up in a ditch after a dispute in the student pickup line at Cocoa High School on Wednesday, according to authorities.

Cocoa police said a fistfight among adults and students broke out after school dismissal at 2:15 p.m.

Video obtained by News 6 shows several students trying to load into one vehicle during early dismissal.

The video shows a woman identified by police as Kellie Rhynes, 40, the driver of the car behind.

Investigators said she got out to confront them for taking too long loading up, said Yvonne Martinez, Cocoa police information officer.

According to the arrest report, the victim was trying to load six students into the vehicle, when Rhynes approached the driver.

The video shows Rhynes throwing her fists at the other driver with others joining in, while a crowd of students rushes to help the other driver.

"Apparently these people got impatient and it got the best of them," Martinez said. "They all got out of the car and the fists were flying."

Someone called Cocoa police for help, she said.

Officer Amanda Torello responded with her lights and siren, but a car pulled out in front of her in front of the high school, Martinez said.

Torello's cruiser crashed into the car and plowed into a ditch.

Martinez said Torello was taken to the hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises caused by the airbag deployment.

"She's OK, just a little bit shaken up," Martinez said.

Kellie Rhynes; Cedric Rhynes, 21; and Brittany Canada, 25, were all charged with battery and disruption of a school function, according to Cocoa police.

They were booked into the Brevard County Jail Wednesday night, and they were being held on $750 bond each.

Their first appearance in front of a judge is set for Thursday.

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