NWGA Scanner | February 12th, 2021

Illinois man arrested after high-speed chase in stolen vehicle ends in crash on I-75 in Catoosa County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on January 29th, 2021, at approximately 4:53 PM, Corporal Best overheard radio traffic that Trooper Haney was in pursuit of a grey SUV. He advised that the vehicle was possibly a Jeep or a Dodge Durango. TFC Haney advised that the driver was extremely reckless and passing in the emergency lanes at a high rate of speed. Trooper Haney lost visual contact with the vehicle near mile marker 326. While talking to MCCD Officer Bradford in the “cut through” near mile marker 340, Trooper Best and Officer Bradford observed a grey Jeep Grand Cherokee in the middle lane that appeared to match the description of the vehicle that the trooper was in pursuit of. MCCD Sgt. Norred and MCO Sturdivan were traveling north on I-75 just ahead of the trooper exit 345. Sgt. Norred advised that he had a visual on the Jeep. Units attempted to catch up. Trooper Best reported, “[]I] could tell that the Jeep had accelerated and was refusing to stop for Sgt. Norred’s blue lights.” The trooper observed the Jeep passing multiple cars on the right shoulder while driving in the right emergency lane. The driver, later identified as Bryce Head III, 22, from the Chicago area, showed no regard for the safety of anyone or himself. Head of the Jeep continued to drive extremely reckless while using all lanes of I-75 northbound, including the emergency lanes. Trooper Best reported, “[I] began to get closer to the fleeing vehicle and matched its speed in the construction zone at mile marker 348 at 150MPH in a 60MPH construction zone.” Head continued to change from lane to lane and attempted to enter the left emergency lane to pass a Toyota Camry traveling in the left lane. The fleeing vehicle struck the rear left of the Toyota Camry. This impact caused the Toyota Camry to rotate clockwise directly in front of my patrol car. The Toyota Camry struck the left tandem tires of a tractor-trailer that was traveling in the middle lane. The fleeing vehicle traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway into the woodline, where it struck several small trees and came to a final uncontrolled rest. MCCD Sgt. Norred and Trooper Day arrived on the scene. Head complied and was taken into custody without further incident. During the course of the investigation, it was found that the fleeing vehicle was stolen in Illinois. Head was in possession of several baggies of what is believed to be marijuana in different packages. Head also had $10,102 cash in his front pocket. There were multiple key fobs located in the vehicle that belonged to different vehicles. A Glock 19 (9mm) pistol was located in the floorboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The gun had been altered with a device that turns it into a fully automatic pistol. All of the items located along with the crash were transported to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office and released to a detective for further investigation. Head was booked into the Catoosa County Jail on several charges, including driving on divided highways, driving on roadways laned for traffic, expiration & renewal licenses; reexamination required, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer – felony, improper lane change, speeding, reckless driving, theft by receiving property stolen in the other state – felony, and theft by receiving stolen property- a felony.