NWGA Scanner | May 18th, 2022

High-speed chase from Bartow County ends with fatal PIT maneuver in Gordon County killing Calhoun man on ATV

According to the Georgia State Patrol, “On May 17, at approximately 7:05 p.m., a Trooper was completing a fatal crash investigation on I-75 Northbound near Mile Marker 311. The Trooper was notified by Troop A Communications of a vehicle pursuit traveling north towards his location. The Trooper observed a gray Nissan Titan pickup truck approaching the crash scene at a high rate of speed. The pickup traveled off the east edge of the interstate and drove around the crash scene through the grass before reentering I-75 Northbound. The Trooper began pursuing the pickup as it exited at the 312.  The pursuit traveled east on Fairmount Highway towards GA 53 and traveled along GA 53 eastbound. During the pursuit, the Trooper’s vehicle struck a raised concrete sewer opening along the edge of the roadway which disabled his patrol vehicle and ended his involvement in the pursuit. The patrol vehicle was towed from the scene and the Trooper was cleared at the scene by EMTs. These are the preliminary findings of an investigation by GSP Post 43 Calhoun. This is an open investigation of the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).

On May 17, at approximately 7:08 p.m., Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were pursuing a gray Nissan Titan along GA 53 near Mile Marker 18, traveling east, in Gordon County. A Bartow County Deputy utilized the PIT maneuver to end the pursuit. The Nissan Titan, driven by Joshua T. Eaker, 33, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. began to rotate counterclockwise and traveled off the north edge of the roadway and into a ditch at a very high rate of speed. The Nissan Titan struck an ATV which was traveling west in the ditch. The ATV’s operator, Mr. Dustin Cody Thomas, age 48 of Calhoun, was fatally injured. After striking Mr. Thomas, the Nissan Titan came to a final rest, partially blocking the westbound lane of GA 53. Eaker was taken into custody by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. No Troopers/Deputies were injured during this crash. Contact Bartow County Sheriff’s Office for additional details.”

Previous booking photos of Joshua from an arrest in Hamilton County in connection with a shooting in Chattanooga