NWGA Scanner | June 9th, 2022

Drunk driver arrested after leading Gordon County deputies on dangerous high-speed chase

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Tuesday, May 30th, 2022, at 10:24 PM, Deputy Stevens was en route to a dispatched call for an intoxicated male subject walking on the road near McEntyre Loop at Old Boone Ford Road. According to the report, “Deputy Stevens was traveling south on Cash Road approaching Old Boone Ford when he noticed a vehicle approaching quickly from behind. Deputy Stevens activated his same direction rear-facing radar and checked the vehicle’s speed at 84 miles per hour (mph) in a 45 mph zone. Deputy Stevens pulled off the road onto the shoulder to allow the vehicle to pass so he could get behind the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop.” Deputy Stevens attempted to stop the GMC Sierra, which continued to accelerate south on Cash Road. The driver, later identified as Westley Lorne Sullivan, 28, of Old Boone Ford Road, Calhoun, accelerated to approximately 95 mph driving on both sides of the roadway. Sullivan was driving partially in the opposite lane of travel as an innocent motorist was traveling north on Cash Road, causing the motorist to swerve off the roadway partially to avoid a head-on collision. Sullivan then turned left onto Old Boone Ford Road and immediately started driving in the opposite lane of travel. According to the report, “Deputy Stevens continued to pursue the suspect vehicle as it drove recklessly with high speeds while driving in the opposite lane several times. Sullivan turned left onto McEntyre Loop, where his passenger-side tires ran off the road, causing the vehicle to fishtail, sending it into the opposite lane of travel while cresting a hill.” Sullivan continued until reaching the area of 622 McEntyre Loop, where he lost control and drove into a ditch on the right side of the roadway immobilizing his vehicle. Deputy Stevens and Deputy Shipman conducted a felony stop on Sullivan, giving him loud commands to shut off the vehicle and show them his hands. Sullivan was eventually taken into custody without incident. According to the report, “Sullivan displayed several indicators that he was under the influence of alcohol such as the strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person, very slurred speech with bloodshot eyes, and difficulty walking without stumbling and/or tripping. Sullivan refused to speak with deputies regarding the incident and also refused any testing. Deputies also located a loaded firearm in his vehicle, which was a Ruger LCP 380, which was located at the driver’s door. Sullivan was transported to the Gordon County Jail, charged with felony fleeing attempting to elude, DUI alcohol, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and speeding.