NWGA Scanner | May 5th, 2021

Rockmart man arrested after multi-state 100 mph pursuit ends in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on April 23rd, 2021, at around 1:41 PM, Officer Carrington observed a black Infiniti vehicle with tinted windows and passenger rear bumper damage traveling at a high rate of speed inbound to Rome. Officer Carrington reported, “The vehicle abruptly slowed down and then accelerated. The actions of the driver raised my suspicions. [I] saw that it had a tented license plate cover. [I] made a right-hand turn, and that is when the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed.” When the officer attempted a traffic stop, the driver accelerated even faster. As the vehicle passed the intersection of Cave Spring Road and Darlington Drive, it passed a vehicle on the double yellow lines and ran it off the road. The vehicle was later identified to be driven by Xavier Markez Prater, 20, of Rockmart, then passed another vehicle, almost hitting it. When the officer came to the intersection of Cave Spring Road and E12th Street, he lost sight of Xavier, who was going speeds upward of 70mph. Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted Xavier and began chasing him onto the southwest bypass traveling north toward Alabama Highway (GA-20). Deputies soon lost visual of Xavier, but Floyd County Officer Webb spotted him turning onto Woods Road. Officer O’Braynt reported, “The suspect vehicle passed me on Huffaker and [I] turned around to catch up to him, with my lights and siren activated. However, the vehicle sped up, and [I] lost sight of it.” Officer O’Braynt spotted the vehicle again as it made an abrupt right turn onto Highway 100 north into Chattooga County. I could hear over the radio that the vehicle had fled from other Floyd County PD units. Officer O’Braynt reported, “Several times during my pursuit [I] lost eyesight of the vehicle. We were traveling North on 100 at over 111 mph. Chattooga County SO, DNR, GSP, and Chattooga County Drug Task Force members assisted with the pursuit.” The officer terminated the pursuit just before the city limits of Summerville due to no longer having eyes on the vehicle. Cherokee County and Chattooga Couty deputies caught up to Xavier in Cherokee County and began to pursue him again. The pursuit then headed back to Georgia. Deputies lost sight of Xavier again but shortly after found the suspect vehicle wrecked in the ditch on Old River Road close to the Alabama line. Lt Hovers arrived on the scene with his K-9 and started a track for Xaiver. Floyd County Officer Brooks found Xavier and took him into custody without incident. Xavier was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with reckless driving x2, speeding, felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving while license suspended or revoked, obscuring license plate in order to impede surveillance equipment, and passing in a no-passing zone x3.