NWGA Scanner | March 5th, 2021

Dalton man arrested after leading police on a pursuit in stolen vehicle while DUI in Rome

According to a Floyd County and Rome Police Department incident report, on Friday, February 26th, 2021, at around 2:55 AM, Rome Police Officer Kent attempted to stop a stolen Jeep on Martha Berry Highway at Veterans Memorial Highway following a BOLO given for a stolen jeep with a possible drunk driver behind the wheel. Officer Kent observed the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle ran the red light at GA-1 and GA-1 Loop, taking a left onto the Loop. FCPD Officer Boatfield was nearby. She assisted the Rome City Police Department in the vehicle pursuit. She joined behind Officer Kent and Officer Gilbreath as they headed west on the GA-1 Loop. The vehicle continued at a relatively slow rate of speed, according to the report. The pursuit passed Technology Parkway, going about 45 mph. The pursuit continued on Redmond Circle westbound, passing Lavender Drive and then the old GE Plant close to the intersection of Redmond Circle and Mathis Drive. As the pursuit was on Garden Lakes Blvd at Elliott Drive, the driver, later identified as Christopher Allen Beck, 44, of Dalton, began picking up speed to 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. Sgt Ward began calling the pursuit to dispatch. Beck jumped the curb to avoid stop sticks placed by Lt Pendley continuing toward Huffaker Road. Beck proceeded down Garden Lakes Parkway driving recklessly, running several stop signs. Beck then turned into 85 Woods Road (Rome-Floyd Fire Station 7). When Beck came to a stop, officers exited their vehicles and placed the driver at gunpoint. Beck did not respond to any verbal commands given by any officer. He even reached his hands behind his back and pulled them out quickly while officers yelled at him to show us his hands and to put his hands up. He did not respond to any of the commands and put his hands back toward his waistband. As he began to walk away, officers ran toward him, where he was tased by Officer Kent. Officers placed the driver under arrest, and he was read an implied consent notice. Beck was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with theft by receiving stolen property, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to obey traffic devices, attempting to elude officers, obstruction, and DUI. According to arrest records and reports, Christopher Beck has several previous arrests, including shoplifting and trespassing at the Walmart on Walnut Avenue in Whitfield County.