NWGA Scanner | October 26th, 2022
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On September 30, 2022, at approximately 1:05 AM, Senior Trooper Cochran was conducting speed detection on I-75 northbound near mile marker 317 in Gordon County. Trooper Cochran attempted to stop a gray 2022 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack after checking the vehicle on the laser at an extremely high rate of speed, going 131 mph northbound. Trooper Cochran reported, “[I] pulled onto the interstate and activated my emergency lights and siren to catch up to the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop. As [I] caught up to the vehicle, it was in the left lane with an orange Dodge Challenger directly behind it, almost as if it were trying to block me from getting behind the gray Challenger. As we approached mile marker #318, the gray Challenger accelerated, failing to stop for my emergency lights and siren. [I] attempted to pursue the vehicle but realized that unless the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed, [I] would most likely not be able to catch it. [I] provided my dispatcher with the tag being displayed on the gray Dodge Challenger, Georgia tag CQU5120 with a BOLO being issued to units north of my location, as well as Whitfield County being advised. [I] was able to see the vehicle up ahead passing traffic by using both emergency lanes while continuing to drive at a high rate of speed, and with no regard for the safety of other motorists.” Trooper Cochran was able to locate the orange 2022 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and conducted a traffic stop. The trooper made contact with the driver, identified as Davonta Dwayne Smith, 26, of Atlanta. Smith stated that he did not know what was going on and that he did not know anything. It was later confirmed that both drivers and occupants knew each other and were going o the same place. At 1:37 PM, Trooper Story located the gray Dodge Challenger with the Georgia license plate of CQU5120 and initiated a traffic stop. She made contact with the driver, identified the driver as Conston Brown, Jr., 35, of Marietta, and the female passenger, identified as Shalonda Monique Watson, 39, of Marietta. The passenger advised they had left Cherokee County and were headed to a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN, with the occupants in the orange Challenger. Trooper Cochran arrived on the scene of the traffic stop and advised Brown that he was the trooper that had attempted to conduct a traffic stop of him earlier. Trooper Cochran reported, “Mr. Brown stated that it was not him and that it had to be a car of the same color. [I] also advised him that the tag on the vehicle that he was driving was the same one that [I] had observed earlier, with him saying that it couldn’t have been that tag. He continued telling me that his vehicle and tag was not the one that had run from me.” Brown was booked into the Gordon County Jail and charged with crossing median in divided highway, the driver must apply for a new license within 60 days, fleeing or attempting to elude, obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, reckless driving window glazing violation tinted windows, and speeding 131/70.