NWGA Scanner | December 30th, 2020
According to reports, on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020, at around 10:30 AM, Cave Spring Officer Trey Skelton spotted a 2010 silver Honda Pilot running a stop sign near Alabama Street. Officer Skelton attempted to stop the Honda Pilot when the vehicle took off, leading to a high-speed pursuit. Chattooga County Deputies was advised the SUV was entering the county from Floyd County. Floyd County Deputies, Cave Spring officer, Georgia State Troopers, and Chattooga County pursued the vehicle as it was traveling from Highway 20 onto Highway 100 at speeds over 100 MPH. The pursuit continued down Highway 100 and then onto Highway 114. The vehicle was reported as driving extremely recklessly. A Georgia State patrolman tried a PIT maneuver to force the vehicle off of the road. The driver dodged that attempt and hopped on Highway 27 southbound and began driving back towards Floyd County. As the vehicle approached the Gore Subligna intersection, passenger Debra Christina Phillips, 44, of Cave Spring, threw two plastic bags containing methamphetamines out through the passenger’s side window into the Summerville Motel parking lot. The second round of spike strips was deployed by K-9 Deputy Nick Robinson, which was successful and clipped the right rear tire of the vehicle, causing the driver to swerve in and out of oncoming lanes of traffic before losing control. The vehicle crashed into a ditch at 2301 Highway 27near Hunters Furniture. Both the driver, later identified as Michael Robert Burnett, 33, of Woodstock, and Phillips exited the vehicle and were placed into custody without incident. A small handgun, magazine, multiple knives, batons, and syringes were found inside the vehicle. Burnett did not cooperate in identifying himself to law enforcement. Units seized his wallet and identified him. Both suspects were booked into the Floyd County Jail on felony charges. Phillips was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and tampering with evidence. Burnett was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, reckless driving, stop sign violation, failure to maintain lane, speeding, possession of meth, fleeing a police officer, and acquiring a license plate for the purpose of concealing a vehicle.