NWGA Scanner | June 11th, 2021

Rome man charged with DUI after leading Floyd County officer on brief pursuit ending in crash

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on May 23rd, 2021, at around 4:03 AM, Officer Boatfield attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Ga 101 at Chateau Drive. Officer Boatfield reported, “The basis of the traffic stop was that the suspect vehicle was traveling 92 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone. [I] turned around on the vehicle and attempted to stop it by activating my blue lights and sirens and attempting to catch up to the vehicle. [I] continued at a high rate of speed down Ga 101 in an attempt to catch up to the vehicle.” The officer continued to pursue the vehicle as they passed Pleasant Valley Road. The vehicle, later identified to be driven by Timothy Morris Williams Jr., 24, of Rome, continued fleeing southbound as he approached a hill at Preacher Smith Road. The officer then advised dispatch that she was terminating the pursuit. As the officer approach Wax Road, she observed the vehicle had just gone through the guard rail at the intersection. Shortly after clearing the vehicle, dispatch advised that there was a call for a suspicious person at 295 Wax Road. The officer drove to Midway Park Road to see if she could locate him. Officer Boatfield reported, “[I] spotted the male on the backside of the apartment complex and immediately exited my patrol vehicle with my firearm unholstered and ordered the male to show me his hands. The male raised his hands, and [I] got on the radio to advise dispatch and other responding units that [I] located him. Due to my position on the roadway, [I] could not cross a large ditch to get to the male without losing a visual of him. [I] kept my gun at a low ready position but never pointed it at the subject. [I] kept ordering the male to keep his hands where I could see them and not to move. Responding units Sgt Ward and Ptl Masciovecchio arrived on scene and came to the back of the building to apprehend the suspect.” Officers located $90 in cash, a lighter, a cigar, and a green and orange pouch with suspected marijuana on Timothy. Officer Boatfield reported, “While placing Timothy in my backseat, there was a prominent odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person. Sgt Ward also advised that he almost fell while handcuffing. Timothy stated that he did not run and advised he was not injured from the crash. Timothy was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and agreed. Sgt Ward also located an AK pistol in the back seat of the vehicle. Dispatch had recently advised officers that Timothy was affiliated with the Bloods and had a history of drugs, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. The Floyd County Jail stated that he was not a convicted felon, so the AK pistol was placed into safekeeping at the Floyd County Police Department along with the ammunition. Officer Boatfield reported, “While at the hospital, Timothy also asked me if “the white car was ok” and if [I] “had his Draco.”Timothy was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with fleeing or attempting to elude, failure to maintain a lane, speeding, DUI, possession of marijuana, and leaving the scene of an accident.