NWGA Scanner | July 6th, 2022

Ringgold motorcyclist arrested after 130 mph pursuit in Walker County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On June 21st, at approximately 4:16 PM, Trooper Capehart was on patrol on GA 1, around milepost 26, in Walker County. When he observed a black sports bike traveling northbound on GA 1 at a high rate of speed. Trooper Capehart reported, “[I] activated my Stalker Radar unit and confirmed the sports bike was traveling 80 MPH in a posted 55 MPH zone. [I] crossed the grass median, and [I] advised Troop A Dispatch Center that [I] was attempting to catch up to the sports bike traveling north on GA 1. The speed of the sports bike continued to climb. The driver, later identified as Daniel Smith Hubert, 63, of Ringgold, GA, continued on GA 1 and turned onto GA 2 traveling westbound.” As the pursuit passed, Park City Road speeds reached over 100 MPH in a posted 55 MPH zone. Trooper Capehart reported, “On GA 2, at the intersection of Hogan Road, traffic was very heavy. Hubert continued westbound, traveling through heavy traffic in a reckless manner. Hubert, still traveling westbound on GA 2, approached the intersection of GA 2 and McFarland Avenue. Traffic was very heavy, and again, Hubert continued through the intersection in a reckless manner and ran the red light. [I] activated my Stalker Radar unit and confirmed Hubert was traveling 139 MPH in a posted 55 MPH zone. Hubert turned right onto Happy Valley Road and continued north. Hubert passed another motorcycle in a no-passing zone on Happy Valley Road. Hubert continued north on Happy Valley Road and passed multiple vehicles, driving on the wrong side of the road.” Hubert went down James Street, Indian Avenue driving on the wrong side of the road and running several stop signs. Hubert then went down Maple Street, Flegal Avenue, Lee Avenue, Cedar Street, Indian Avenue, James Street, Spencer Road, Cherokee Trail, and then onto Salem Road, where the trooper lost visual. Shortly after a Rossville Police Department Officer Galyon turned into the parking lot of Gospel Baptist Tabernacle to turn around and head back north when he observed the rear tire, of the sports bike, just behind the church. According to the report, “Officer Galyon made contact with Hubert and tased him taking him into custody. Hubert was armed with a loaded Smith & Wesson 40 caliber handgun. Trooper Capehart reported, “While helping the driver up to walk him to the ambulance, Hubert asked me if [I] wanted to go again. While talking with Hubert, [I] observed his speech was slow, and his eyes were bloodshot, watery, and glassy. Hubert was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with felony fleeing, DUI- drugs, wrong class of license, reckless driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic control device, improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, passing in no-passing zone, and failure to yield or stop. According to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Hubert posted a $9,000 dollar bond the next day and was released. A friend of Hubert’s family, told a Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter that Hubert didn’t want to comment on the incident. “He is a very good friend, neighbor and man that is going through a tough time with a rare cancer,” he said.