NWGA Scanner | September 27th, 2021

Pursuit ends with vehicle slamming into Walker County Courthouse early Saturday morning

LaFayette – Walker County’s Probate Court office has been ordered closed the rest of the week following damage from a weekend vehicle crash. Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning, the driver of a Chevy Trailblazer lead LaFayette PD officer on a brief pursuit before losing control of his vehicle, crashing into a decorative wall in front of the Walker County Courthouse before slamming into the bottom level of the building. According to the report, LaFayette Police first spotted the Chevy Trailblazer on North Chattanooga Street and started following when the vehicle ran a stop sign. It picked up speed running several more stop signs and a red light, before crashing into the Walker County Courthouse building at the corner of Duke and Patton. Dennis Hamilton Wiley, 41, had alcohol on his breath. Marijuana, a glass pipe and an open container of alcohol were recovered from the vehicle. Wiley was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with DUI, possession of drugs and fleeing. The offices of Probate Court are located on the bottom level of the Walker County Courthouse in downtown LaFayette. Superior Court Chief Judge Kristina Cook Graham issued a Judicial Emergency to close Probate Court until Monday, October 4, after local building officials determined the building “is not safe for Probate Court personnel to remain inside at this time.” The offices of Probate Court will continue to conduct essential business virtually and by phone. We will have further information regarding the pursuit once it is released.