NWGA Scanner | July 11th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 18th, 2022, at 2:48 AM, While sitting stationary on I-75 southbound at the Welcome Center, Deputy Squires attempted to stop a 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander as she believed it did not have a valid tag displayed due to a tag light not functioning and a piece of paper flapping where the tag is typically displayed on the rear of the vehicle. According to the report, “While behind the vehicle, Deputy Squires paced driver, later identified as Haley Jean Abernathy, 29, of Jasper, GA, at approximately 90mph. Deputy Squires initiated a traffic stop north of MM 348 using her emergency equipment. According to the report, “Haley continued southbound and showed no indication of stopping. Deputy Squires activated her siren, and the Haley accelerated. Ringgold Officer Malone stated he checked Haley at 93mph using his LIDAR.” The deputy pursued Haley while Officer Malone called out the location to dispatch. Whitefield County Sheriff’s Office and GSP joined the pursuit around exit 336. According to the report, “Deputies were advised that Whitfield County Deputies and Georgia State Patrol were sitting stationary at exit 336 to assist with the pursuit. Once Deputy Cheramie reached exit 336, his vehicle became disabled by spike strips that Whitfield County Deputies deployed. Catoosa County Deputies were not notified of the spike strips being deployed. Deputy Cheramie had to discontinue the pursuit at mile marker 335 and pulled to the right shoulder.” GSP took the lead in the pursuit, and a PIT maneuver was performed near exit 333. Haley lost control of the vehicle and hit the guardrail on the left-hand side. Haley was then taken at gunpoint, where she refused verbal commands to get on the ground and turn around. According to the report, Haley did not comply and was taken to the ground by law enforcement and taken into custody.” Haley was booked into the Catoosa County Jail on the warrants on July 1st, 2022.