NWGA Scanner | May 31st, 2022

Michigan pair arrested after early morning pursuit in stolen vehicle ends with PIT maneuver in Catoosa County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On 20th, 2022, at 12:12 AM, the Ringgold Police Department advised they received a 911 call at the Burger King restaurant located at 5865 Alabama Highway that the black Nissan Sentra (MI nCJQ4539″) was suspiciously parked by a female complainant’s vehicle. The caller advised that she did not feel safe walking back to her vehicle alone. When Ringgold Police Officer M. Green arrived on the scene, the driver of the black Nissan Sentra, later identified as Charles Frank Miller, 43, of Adrian, Michigan, began fleeing the scene and from officers. The tag was run through NCIC and returned as stolen out of Wyoming, Michigan. Ringgold Police Department terminated the pursuit on GA-151 near Mount Pisgah Road. According to the report, A short time later, Catoosa County Deputy T. Harris located the black Nissan Sentra in the area of GA151 and Yate Springs Road. Deputy Harris also attempted to perform a traffic stop; however the driver initiated a pursuit. Miller then turned into Heritage High School off of Poplar Springs Road. After traveling through the parking lot, Deputy J. Smith advised that Miller was traveling north on Three Notch Road towards Trooper D. Clark and TFC2 Day.

Trooper Clark reported, “[I] responded to Three Notch Road and Boynton Drive to deploy stop sticks. As [I] heard the pursuit approaching my location, [I] deployed the stop sticks in an effort to stop Mr. Miller. As Mr. Miller traveled through the intersection, it appeared that he made contact with the stop sticks. However, Deputy Harris advised that the stop sticks were unsuccessful.” On GA-151 at MM15 at 12:39 AM, Trooper Clark obtained the primary position from Deputy Harris in the pursuit. Trooper Clark advised Miller to stop. However, he initiated a pursuit. Trooper Clark reported, “[I] observed Mr. Miller failing to maintain his lane as we swerved between the northbound and southbound lanes of GA151. Due to the stop sticks being unsuccessful and the manner of how Mr. Miller was operating the vehicle, [I] set up a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT). As []I was attempting to set up for the PIT, Mr. Miller continued swerving between the lanes in an attempt to block the PIT. [I] attempted to place my driver-side push bumper against the passenger-side rear quarter panel of the vehicle in an attempt to stop Mr. Miller. This attempt was unsuccessful, and Mr. Miller was able to regain control of the vehicle. At this time, [I] then placed the passenger side push bumper against the driver-side rear quarter panel of the vehicle. This action caused the vehicle to rotate counterclockwise in front of my patrol vehicle. While sideways, [I] observed Mr. Miller attempting to regain control of the vehicle again. Due to Mr. Miller refusing to surrender, [I] pushed the vehicle off the roadway onto the left shoulder.”

While the vehicle was traveling off the roadway, Miller as well as his passenger, later identified as Nathan Charles Pelham, 30, of Jackson, Michigan, exited the passenger side door. Both Miller and Pelham began fleeing on foot as they crossed a barbed wire fence into an unlit pasture. The vehicle then rolled to an uncontrolled rest on the left side of the roadway, and it hit a t-post and the barbed wire fence. According to the report, “Deputy Smith began giving Mr. Miller and Mr. Pelham loud verbal commands to stop and lay on the ground. Mr. Miller and Mr. Pelham refused to comply with those commands as they ran away. Mr. Miller ran through the pasture and crossed a creek but was apprehended by Deputy Harris and Deputy Smith.” Trooper Clark reported, “As TFC Day and [I] were running after Mr. Pelham, we gave him verbal commands to stop, which he refused to comply. Due to low lighting, not being able to see Mr. Pelham’s hands, or if he had a weapon, [I] deployed my Taser 7 in an attempt to stop Mr. Pelham. The Taser was successful in stopping Mr. Pelham. The Taser caused Mr. Pelham to fall to the ground, and TFC Day began attempting to place handcuffs on Mr. Pelham. After a short struggle, TFC Day and [I] were able to place him into custody with handcuffs that were checked for fit and double-locked.” Troopers located several opened Bud Light alcoholic beverages in the cupholder area, passenger side floor board as well as the rear of the vehicle. Troop A Communications was given the VIN of the vehicle and confirmed the vehicle to be stolen out of Wyoming, Michigan.

Trooper Clark reported, “[I] began speaking with Mr. Miller and Mr. Pelham. [I] smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from both of their breaths. While speaking with Mr. Miller, he was very belligerent. Puckett EMS responded to the scene, and they checked on both suspects. Mr. Miller continued to be irate and refused to cooperate with EMS personnel. At approximately 1:00 AM, [I] advised Mr. Miller that he was under arrest, and [I] read him his Miranda Warning. He spoke over me the entire time as [I] read him the Miranda Warning, and he refused to speak with me or answer my questions. While speaking with Mr. Miller, [I] observed that his eyes were bloodshot and watery. [I] questioned Mr. Miller about how much alcohol he had consumed, and he advised that he had a few. At approximately 1:30 AM, [I] read Mr. Miller the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for suspects age 21 years or over for blood which Mr. Miller refused to answer.” Cpl. Cantrell, with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, transported Pelham to the Catoosa County Jail. At the jail, Miller still refused to cooperate by refusing to identify himself or to be fingerprinted. Miller was finally identified at 9:00 AM and found to have felony warrants for assault, shoplifting, and probation violation out of Adrian Police Department. Miller was charged with theft by receiving stolen vehicle, felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, DUI – driving under the influence of alcohol – less safe, failure to maintain lane, consuming an alcoholic beverage or possessing open alcoholic beverage container while in the passenger area of motor vehicle, crossing of guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, or drugs, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, purchase, possess or have control of controlled substance in schedule I or narcotic in schedule II, prescription drugs must be in their original container(s), license to be carried and exhibited on demand, obstruction of officers x2, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, obedience required traffic-control devices x2, headlights, speeding x2, no passing zones.