NWGA Scanner | June 16th, 2022

Chattanooga teen arrested on gun and drug charges after pursuit ends in crash in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On June 9th, 2022, at 12:50 AM, Officer Overstreet and Vicente were assisting Sgt. Ward on a traffic stop inbound on GA-53 before Willow Road. Officer Vicente reported, “While waiting for a Gordon County officer to arrive at the scene, a vehicle was travailing inbound on GA-53 when the vehicle failed to move over to our patrol vehicles while having activated lights. We returned to our vehicle and began traveling inbound in order to catch up to the suspect vehicle. Once behind the vehicle, we initiated a traffic stop by activating audible sirens. PFC Overstreet and [I] approached the vehicle myself on the passenger side and PFC Overstreet on the driver side.” During the traffic stop, the driver, later identified as Wykil Tywone Tyson, 17, of Chattanooga, handed the officer a debit card instead of his ID. Tyson acknowledged what the officer had stated to him. He proceeded to let his foot off the brake pedal and accelerate the vehicle away from the traffic stop inbound on GA 53. As officers got closer to the vehicle on GA 53, they saw that the suspect vehicle attempted to take a right turn onto Willow Road. As they saw the vehicle attempt to make the right turn onto Willow Road, the vehicle was unable to complete the turn and proceeded to travel down the embankment and collide into a tree and down into the ditch. Tyson fled on foot into the wooded area. Rome City K-9 assisted with the track but was unable to locate it, and the track was discontinued. Officers searched the vehicle and located a firearm, large amount of marijuana, pills, and ammunition. As the vehicle was being removed, a call on Bells Ferry Road came out about a suspicious person in the area attempting to enter a vehicle and asking for directions. Officer then located Tyson walking in the dark on the driveway. Tyson took off running into the woods behind the residence of 330 Bells Ferry Road. Officers gave chase on foot and apprehended the Tyson at gunpoint. Tyson listened to commands and was taken into custody after the incident. Tyson read Marianda’s Warning and stated that he got the vehicle from his friend. He stated that he ran from the police because he didn’t have a license. Tyson was transported to Redmond for medical clearance and then to the Floyd County Jail, where he was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, failure to maintain a lane, driving without a license, approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicle (Move over Law), reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, distribution, or sale of marijuana, and possession of pistol or revolver by a person under 18 YOA – 1st offense.