NWGA Scanner | October 26th, 2021
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on October 13th, 2021, at 6:42 PM, Sergeant Logan Gass of the GSP Nighthawks DUI Task Force North was traveling south on I-75 in the right lane. Sergeant Gass reported, “Just south of mile marker 309, [I] observed a black Jeep Cherokee approaching from the rear, in the right lane, at a high rate of speed. The Jeep was traveling in and out of traffic, changing lanes dangerously. The driver nearly caused several crashes while traveling well in excess of 100 miles per hour. [I] checked the Jeep with my RADAR at 115 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.” The trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop with the vehicle. After activating his emergency equipment, the driver, later identified as Dennis Jones, 51, of Pontiac, Michigan, continued at high speeds while maneuvering to the right shoulder. The Jeep eventually came to a stop on the right shoulder. Sergeant Gass reported, “Due to the reckless nature of the violator and my anticipation that the driver may flee, [I] instructed the driver to the step to the rear of his vehicle. My intentions were to place the driver under arrest for Reckless Driving.” According to the report, Jones refused to step out of his vehicle. According to the report, He initially rolled down his window, but he then rolled it back up and refused to follow any commands. The trooper then observed Jones reaching around in the vehicle to retrieve something unknown to the trooper. Trooper Terry eventually arrived on scene to assist. Trooper Terry parked his patrol car in front of the Jeep. The troopers then placed stop sticks under the rear wheels of the vehicle with intent to deflate the vehicle’s tires if the Jones attempted to flee. Jones was observed reaching for the gear shifter multiple times. According to the report, Jones eventually exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest. Sergeant Gass reported, Mr. Jones stated he was trying to get to the hospital. An ambulance was dispatched for Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones’ phone was in open view in the vehicle. The GPS was opened and routed to a hotel in Atlanta, a contradiction to Mr. Jones’ story. Mr. Jones was checked and cleared by EMS.” Jones was transported to the Gordon County Jail, charged with following too closely, improper turn/improper lane change, reckless driving, speeding.