NWGA Scanner | April 20th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 14th, 2021, around 4:59 PM, Deputy Caraway noticed that a black Honda with Georgia registration had failed to signal its lane change on Highway 52 just east of Highway 286. When the vehicle changed lanes, it crossed the fog line on the left-hand side. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near the Murray County Line. The vehicle slowed its speed and changed back to the right-hand lane. The vehicle was later identified to be driven by Jeffery George Wright Jr., 29, of Dalton, then increased its speed and slowed its speed. Wright then turned right onto Bettis Road as it failed to yield. The deputy got along beside the vehicle due to the extremely slow speed the vehicle was going. Wright then accelerated and slowed down to approximately 15 mph. The deputy attempted a Precision Immobilization Technique (P.I.T.) maneuver on the driver side of the vehicle to stop Wright from fleeing before reaching high speeds. The deputy turned the vehicle sideways, and the vehicle recovered, accelerating at a high rate of speed. Wright ran several stop signs, drove through a ditch, drove through a field, drove over approximately 65 mph in a 25 mph, and failed to maintain his lane several different times. The deputy attempted a second PIT maneuver to the driver’s side of the vehicle again. The vehicle lost control, went into the ditch on the west side of the roadway, went east across the road, and into the woods. The vehicle came to a rest on a hill. Deputy Caraway, Deputy Bryson, and Deputy Sharpe assisted the female passenger identified as Covan Maegan Swanson, 27, of Crandall and Wright out of the vehicle. Inside Swanson’s purse, glass smoking pipes were located. Swanson was transported to Murray Medical center due to injuries. Wright was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with possession of meth, possession and use of drug-related objects, reckless driving, improper lane change or usage, failure to maintain lane, and misdemeanor fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer.