NWGA Scanner | April 17th, 2021

Man rams patrol vehicle during 100 mph high-speed chase on Highway 27 in Walker County

According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 4th, 2021, at approximately 1:07 AM, Deputy Walker was sitting stationary at Highway 27 at A to Z Wholesale in Rock Spring when he observed a beige Mazda Tribute traveling southbound at a high rate of speed. Deputy Walker reported, “[I] then gave a visual estimation of 100mph. [I] then used my county-issued stalker radar serial # 93899, and it advised me that the listed vehicle was traveling 104mph in a posted 45mph zone.” The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle at Hwy 27 and Glass Road. The driver, later identified as Cedric Lebron Ray, 36, of Rock Spring, switched lanes without using a proper signal, crossing over the double yellow line approximately five times. Ray initiated a pursuit with the deputy. Ray then crossed over the double yellow line again at Highway 27 and Swanson Drive. Deputy Burgess then joined the high-speed pursuit and assisted approximately a mile outside of the LaFayette City limits. Ray continued to refuse to yield and failed to stop at a red light at Highway 27 and Highway 136. Ray then passed a red van in a no-passing zone at North Main Street and Hendrix Street. Ray finally came to a complete stop at 517 North Main Street. Deputies and officers exited their vehicle giving loud verbal commands to Ray to show his hands. Deputy Walker Reported, “As [I] approached the vehicle [I] observed the suspect look back at me and then listed vehicle abruptly took off.” When Ray attempted to get away, it struck the front end of LaFayette Officer Holland’s Patrol vehicle, which was not occupied. They then again gave loud verbal commands to Ray to show his hands. Deputy Walker, Deputy burgess, and Officer Holland escorted Ray out of the vehicle and into custody. The vehicle returned with no valid insurance and no valid registration. The tag also returned to a red Honda passenger car. GSP Cpl Mitchell arrived on the scene and investigated the crash involving the LaFayette PD Patrol vehicle. Ray was booked into the Walker County Jail charged with obscured or missing license plates, improper passing in no-passing zone (x2), speeding (x2), improper lane change/failure to maintain lane (x2), driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense) (x2), reckless driving (x2), fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense (x2), willful obstruction of law enforcement officers (felony) (x2), interference with government property (felony), failure to register vehicle, failure to obey traffic control device, no insurance, removing/affixing tag with intent to conceal identity of the vehicle, failure to use signal. LaFayette Police Chief Bengie Clift said the damage to the patrol vehicle was minor and only had damage to the bumper and hood. The chief said the patrol vehicle would be back in service later that week.