NWGA Scanner | November 12th, 2021

Floyd County PD K9 apprehends wanted felon after car and foot chase in Rome

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on November 4th, 2021, at around 7:57 PM, K-9 Sgt. Hovers observed a black Kia Soul traveling south on GA-1 (Martha Berry Hwy), approaching the intersection of Old School Road. While attempting to catch up to the vehicle, the officer observed it fail to maintain Kane several times. According to the report, At GA-1 and GA-1 Loop Sgt. Hovers attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Brantley Edward Folsom, 46, of Rome, turned his right signal on and began turning right (outbound) onto GA-1 Loop. Folsom then activated his left blinker for a short period and then back to his right blinker. According to the report, Folsom seemed to almost come to a stop at the intersection but continued to travel westbound approximately .25 of a mile. Sgt. Hovers reported, “[I] turned my siren on several times, but the driver refused to stop. Finally, as we came close to the intersection of GA 1 Loop and John Maddox, the vehicle came to a stop, and Folsom exited the driver seat and fled on foot.” Sgt. Hovers also exited his vehicle and began pursuing the Folsom. After chasing Folsom, the officer observed him running across all lanes of traffic and into a wooded area just off the highway. Sgt Wade arrived on the scene to assist and brought Sgt. Hovers patrol unit to the location. Sgt. Hovers began getting K-9 Lex ready for a track. Officer Dollar also arrived to also assist. Sgt. Hovers reported, “K-9 Lex was given the command to track and began tracking from the last point [I] observed Folsom. As we entered the wooded area, Lex located the Folsom hidden in a thick patch of bushes.” Lex was in a controlled position as Sgt. Hovers gave commands for Folsom to show his hands, or he would get bit. Sgt. Hovers reported, “Folsom refused to make any kind of verbal communication or show me his hands. K-9 Lex was released to apprehend. Lex entered into the thick brush and first engaged on Folsom’s left leg. As Folsom started to yell and move his arms around, Lex came off the leg and moved up to his left arm, which immobilized him. Due to the subject being wedged deep into some thick bushes and it being dark, he was ordered to crawl out of the woods to me before [I] removed the dog.” Once they were clear of the brush K-9 Lex was removed, and FCPD Officers took Folsom into custody. Officer located marijuana lying on the ground next to Folsom. A glass pipe with meth residue inside was also located where Folsom had been lying. Folsom stated that he ran because he thought he had a warrant. Folsom was found to have a suspended license and had active warrants in another county. After being treated at FMC, Folsom was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with possession of methamphetamine, fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended, tampering with evidence, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of marijuana.