NWGA Scanner | November 6th, 2022

Alabama man arrested after dangerous multi-state high-speed chase from Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, July 22nd, 2022, at 7:50 PM, Officer McMeekin was on GA-1 loop at Blacks Bluff Road K-9 Officer Baker asked Floyd County 911 to confirm if a vehicle was stolen due to a License Plate reader hit advising the vehicle was stolen out of Alabama. Floyd 911 advised the vehicle was confirmed as a stolen vehicle. Officer Baker requested additional officers and advised he was initiating a felony traffic stop GA-1 south at Primrose. The driver of the stolen vehicle, later identified as James Dale Amos, 52, of Centre, Alabama, took off fleeing from Officer Baker southbound on Highway 27. Amos then turned back onto Walker Mountain Road since that is where they came from. I then advised I was approaching Walker Mountain Road. Amos then passed Officer McMeekin at a high rate of speed. Amos continued at a high rate of speed and began to drive recklessly, crossing over to the wrong side of the Road on Blacks Bluff Road. Officer McMeekin reported, “Amos then approached the intersection of Old Bluff at Blacks Bluff and failed to stop at the stop sign and continued at a high rate of speed. [I] continued to provide updates until met by PFC. Masciovecchio, who was standing by at Ga 1 loop at Blacks Bluff Road. Once at Blacks Bluff at the Ga 1 loop, Amos failed to yield or obey the traffic control devices and continued straight on the loop, crossing the median in between the divided four-lane highway. We then continued on Blacks Bluff Road at a high rate of speed, and Amos continued to drive recklessly by driving 40+ miles per hour of the speed limit, failing to maintain lane, and often driving in the opposite lane. Amos then began brake-checking me and swerving at other motorists whenever they approached. Amos also passed vehicles in a no-passing zone (signified by a double yellow line).” According to the report, “Amos continued to travel recklessly at a high rate of speed, reaching speeds over 100mph on the two-lane roads. The pursuit eventually crossed over into Cherokee County, Alabama, at a high rate of speed. The pursuit traveled throughout Alabama while Amos continued to drive recklessly at a high rate of speed and even caused people to run off onto the shoulder of the Road. The pursuit traveled down several County Roads, with Amos driving extremely recklessly with no regard for human life attempting everything to avoid capture. As the pursuit went onto 278, the Piedmont Police Department joined the pursuit. As we traveled on US 278, traffic picked up but remained light, and Amos began passing vehicles at a high rate of speed and traveling on the opposite side of the Road. According to the report, As two oncoming cars approached, Amos began driving toward them before cutting across them into a ditch, where he continued to drive off the Road down US 278. Amos then returned to the Road and later turned left onto County Road 177. During this part of the chase, Floyd County Police Officers began to lose communication with Floyd 911 due to service issues. As the pursuit traveled at a high rate of speed on County Road 29, Amos struck stop sticks that were successfully deployed. Officer McMeekin also hit the stop sticks due to his brakes giving out. Officer Masciovecchio then took over the pursuit. Amos continued fleeing for a good distance while the front two tires were flat and the tread had come off. Amos attempted to negotiate a curve on County Road 101 just prior to US 411 but could not make the curve due to not having front tires. The vehicle drove into a ditch, where it came to rest. Amos was taken at gunpoint and attempted to flee on foot but was arrested shortly after. Cherokee County Deputies took the passenger of the vehicle into custody as well. After taking both Amos and the passenger, identified as Bobbie Colston, 41, of Dallas, into custody, they were transferred into Cherokee County custody. On October 26th, 2022, Amos was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with aggressive driving, fleeing a police officer, driving on a suspended license, passing in a no-passing zone, failure to yield the right of way, running a stop sign, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a divided highway, failure to maintain lane.