NWGA Scanner | September 18th, 2021

Cartersville man arrested after Gordon County deputy uses PIT to end pursuit involving stolen vehicle

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Monday, September 13th, 2021, at approximately 2:35 PM, Deputy Massingill with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU) was on routine patrol near Rome Road and Trinity Baptist Church. According to the report, “While on patrol, Deputy Massingill observed a white in color Toyota Corolla in the parking lot of Trinity Baptist Church, circling the parking lot. Deputy Massingill pulled into the parking lot and was approached by the driver Chaney Tyler Hankins, 30, of Cartersville. Hankins pulled beside Deputy Massingill’s patrol car and stated, “I have to get my kids, my GPS took me here, I’m leaving now, and everything is okay”. The deputy conducted a traffic stop after noticing the vehicle did not have a tag attached to the rear of the vehicle. Hankins stopped in the turning lane on Rome Road at Brown Farm Road, and the deputy began talking to him. Hankins started stating that people were after him and that he needed to go. According to the report, “Deputy Massingill told Mr. Hankins that he needed to give him his driver’s license and that he had no tag. Mr. Hankins then drove off and left the traffic stop, driving back westbound on Rome Road.
Moments later, Mr. Hankins came to a stop on Rome Road at Old Rome Road in the turning lane. Mr. Hankins said, “This is serious, and I need help”. According to the report, The deputy advised that he could help him, but he refused to listen and let his foot off the brake rolling forward into oncoming traffic. Hankins then fled to stop the vehicle, and then he fled from the traffic stop traveling back east on Hwy 53 (Rome Road). The deputy then advised Gordon County E-911 that he would be in pursuit of the vehicle. The pursuit went eastbound on 53 spur, where two other Gordon County Deputies joined. All three deputies gave chase down Oothcalooga Street until the Hankins cut through a parking lot and turned right onto River Street. According to the report, “Deputy Massingill used caution when approaching a school zone. The time was 2:40pm and knew that school would be letting out at 3:15 pm. Traffic was light on River Street. Deputy Massingill did not want the vehicle to make it back onto Hwy 53.” As the vehicle approached highway 53, Deputy Massingill utilized a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) to end the pursuit safely. The vehicle came to a rest on the left shoulder of the roadway. According to the report, “Hankins then tried to flee again, but Lt. Black used his patrol vehicle to push Mr. Hankins further from the roadway and down a trail towards a wooded area.” The vehicle began to stall on a mound of dirt at which time Lt. Black struck the vehicle again to pin it and prevent Hankins from escaping. Hankins was instructed to exit the vehicle and to lie on the ground, but he refused to place his hands behind his back. According to the report, Deputies gave compliance strikes while another deputy utilized an agency-issued taser on Hankins. Hankins was then placed under arrest. According to the report, After running the VIN on the vehicle and it came back as reported stolen on the same date from Paulding County. Hankins was charged with no tag, no seatbelt, failure to stop at a red light, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, no proof of insurance, reckless driving, suspended license, felony fleeing and eluding law enforcement, and felony theft by receiving stolen property. According to the report, Hankins also had outstanding warrants through Bartow County and Fulton County for hit and run incidents. Hankins said the vehicle was a Lyft vehicle and that he took it from a gas station.