NWGA Scanner | April 15th, 2022

Marietta man flees Summerville license checkpoint leading to 3-county 125 mph chase ending with a PIT maneuver

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, A Marietta man went from facing a possible marijuana charge to felony fleeing charges after fleeing a license check-point on East Washington Street. Summerville Police Officers had set up a license checkpoint on East Washington Street at Penn Street when a black Hyundai approached around 1:40 a.m on March 27th, 2022. The driver, Patrick Bernard Burris, Jr., 32, of Marietta, presented his license and deputies could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. According to the report, “Deputies asked Burris if he had been smoking and he admitted “he had just finished smoking marijuana with a friend.” Burris asked if he was being detained, which deputies said he was. Burris then took off in his vehicle and a chase ensued. Burris went down Hwy. 27 at speeds around 120 miles per hour. Deputy Jared Wilks attempted to perform a pit maneuver near Silver Hill Road close to Floyd County, but was unsuccessful and Burris continued at around 125 miles per hour. Burris avoided spike strips set up by FCPD going off the road, coming back onto the road and turning quickly onto Floyd Springs Road Northeast where Floyd County officers and Georgia State Trooper Mosley joined in the pursuit. The pursuit continued onto Hwy. 140 toward Adairsville when Chattooga County deputies left the pursuit. Georgia State Trooper Mosley was able to perform a successful pit maneuver on Burris’ vehicle just inside the Bartow County line. Burris was taken into custody with minor injuries and is charged with felony fleeing, three counts of obstruction of law enforcement officers, failure to maintain lane, speeding, reckless driving, no turn signal and no headlights.