NWGA Scanner | August 9th, 2022

Cartersville teen arrested after driving at speeds over 100 mph with five unrestrained kids in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on July 27th, 2022, at 2:23 PM, Officer B. Carrington was in the area of Cartersville Hwy enforcing traffic laws, including speed violations, when, while operating her Lidar, she observed a vehicle traveling west at an extremely high rate speed. The vehicle was confirmed to be driving at speeds of 102 mph in a 65 mph zone. Officer Carrington initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Jessica Ellanise Smith, 18, of Cartersville, and her passenger, Alexis Lockridge, 29. Officer Carrington reported, “[I] observed five small children sitting in the backseat, all unrestrained. The children ranged in ages from 4-9 years old. There were no child safety seats in the vehicle, and some of the smaller children were sitting in the laps and on top of the others. [I] asked Smith why she was driving at speeds over 100 mph, and she advised me that she was coming from Cartersville to bring her boyfriend his keys that he left at home. Smith advised that she and her sister, Lockridge, had just picked the children up at camp and wanted to ride with Smith, despite any of the children having safety restraints. [I] had several conversations with Smith about the violation and stressed to her how dangerous and serious her violations are. Smith’s family members arrived to get the children. However, despite what they were told, they did not bring any car seats at all with them.” Lockridge was issued a citation for allowing Smith to operate the vehicle with her unrestrained children in the back. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with reckless conduct, speeding, and five counts of child safety seat violation.