NWGA Scanner | November 12th, 2022

Adairsville man arrested after attempting to flee from Floyd County police officer at speeds over 100 mph

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On October 28th, 2022, at 5:00 PM, Floyd County dispatch advised all units of a BOLO involving a white Nissan Rogue that was driving recklessly while passing Rome High School. Dispatch advised that the vehicle was in the turn lane to turn north on Georgia 53. Officer Stanfield then observe the white Nissan Rogue bearing past his location. Officer Stanfield reported, “As [I] observed the vehicle pass my location, [I] did observe the vehicle driving very close to the black jeep in front of it. [I] entered the roadway and began to observe the vehicle. Once the vehicle reached the top of the hill on Georgia 53, approaching Bells Ferry road, [I] observed the vehicle change lanes into the inside lane without using his turn signal as well as changing lanes erratically. Due to this, following the jeep extremely close and the BOLO that came out, [I] did attempt to stop the vehicle. [I] did activate my emergency lights and siren at this time and accelerated in order to catch up with the vehicle. [I] did catch up to the vehicle, observed the vehicle slow down due to traffic (we were traveling approximately 77 miles per hour at this time), then sped up once the traffic moved out of his way. [I] notified dispatch that I was attempting to stop the vehicle at this time, then shortly after, [I] observed the vehicle speed up even more. Due to the vehicle’s actions of speeding up as soon as he was cleared from traffic and not stopping at the emergency lights and siren, [I] did advise dispatch that [I] was actively pursuing the vehicle.” Speeds were 106 mph when the driver, later identified as Robert Whorton, 21, of Adairsville, slammed on his brakes and pulled over. Officer Stanfield conducted a felony traffic stop and took Whorton to gunpoint. Whorton was taken into custody and transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was “strip searched” by Floyd County Sheriff deputies. They did locate a small bag of marijuana. However, due to Whorton’s admittance to having the marijuana on his person, he was not charged with crossing the guard line. Whorton was charged with felony fleeing, speeding, reckless driving, following too closely, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.