NWGA Scanner | April 9th, 2021
According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, at approximately 1:45 AM, Sergeant Childers was on routine patrol in the area of Nicklesville Road (GA-136) in Resaca. The deputy observed a black Honda Civic traveling east on GA-136 with only one tag light working on the rear of the vehicle making the tag difficult to read the tag. The deputy pulled behind the vehicle and ran the displayed tag, which came back valid to an Ellijay address. They pulled off onto Promiseland Drive after the deputy passed the vehicle, the vehicle backed out onto GA-136 and continued east. The deputy turned off GA-136 and allowed the vehicle to pass again, and pulled back behind it. Sergeant Childers reported, “Based on the time of night, and the mannerisms of the vehicle, Sergeant Childers believed the driver of the vehicle to either be under the influence or making a conscious attempt to avoid law enforcement.” At the intersection of GA-136 and GA-225, the deputy activated his emergency attempted a traffic stop. The suspect, the driver later identified as Bradley James White, 38, of Ellijay, quickly accelerated and continued east in an obvious disregard for the attempted traffic stop. The deputy advised Gordon E911 that he would be pursuing the vehicle eastbound on GA-136. White drove into the opposite lane of travel in the areas of Baxter Road, Little Road, and every curve. White was traveling at speeds up to 85 mph on GA-136. White continued to flee eastbound before then turning northbound on Old Highway 411 in Murray County. The deputy had already advised Gordon County 911 to notify Murray, Pickens, and Gilmer Counties of the pursuit and requested assistance from Georgia State Patrol. The pursuit continued northbound on Old Highway 411 at speeds up to 90 mph. As the pursuit neared GA-282, the deputy observed the suspect vehicle facing south in the intersection with the headlights of the vehicle off and the running lights on. The Sergeant positioned his vehicle in front of the suspect vehicle as Murray County deputies arrived on the scene to assist. White was ordered out of the driver’s seat of the vehicle, where he was taken into custody without incident. The front passenger, identified as Kathi Mahaffey, 49, of Ellijay, was ordered out of the vehicle and taken into custody without incident as well. A search of the vehicle yielded two needles in a purse that Mahaffey had stated hers, as well as a small glass smoking device with a burned residue. In the passenger compartment of the vehicle, a glass mason jar was recovered with a clear liquid substance believed to be an alcoholic beverage that had been opened. In the trunk of the vehicle, a bag tied into a knot containing crushed white pills that were unrecognizable was recovered as well. White stated that he was only running because he “did not have a license.” Deputy Stevens later turned over a bag of meth to Sergeant Childers that was recovered from his back seat after he was transporting both White and Mahaffey to the Gordon County Jail. White was booked on charges of driving while license suspended, tail light requirements, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, speeding, fleeing/attempt to elude, open container, and possession of methamphetamine. Mahaffey was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug-related objects, and an open container.