NWGA Scanner | July 11th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on July 4th, 2021, at approximately 7:52 PM, Deputy Pritchard was sitting stationary on I-75 southbound at the base of the 326 exit ramp. According to the report, “Deputy Pritchard was observing traffic and observed that traffic was heavy at this time. Deputy Pritchard observed a gray in color Dodge Charger with a Georgia tag traveling in the right-hand lane. Deputy Pritchard observed the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and was passing other traffic quickly. Deputy Pritchard checked the vehicle’s speed with his department-issued Dragon Eye Speed Lidar as it moved from the right lane to the left lane. Deputy Pritchard observed the vehicle was traveling 107 mph in a posted 70 mph zone.” The deputy conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle just south of the 326 southbound on the ramp. Deputy Townsend assisted Deputy Pritchard with the traffic stop. Deputy Pritchard made contact with the driver identified as George Williams, 22, of Rome. The deputy advised Williams of the reason for the traffic stop. According to the report, “Deputy Pritchard asked Mr. Williams why he was traveling at such a high rate of speed. Mr. Williams stated his vehicle is an old Georgia State Patrol vehicle and stated, “I just hit it sometimes.” Williams was referring to the accelerator of the vehicle.” The deputy then placed Williams in handcuffs and advised him he was under arrest for reckless driving. Williams was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with speeding and reckless driving.