NWGA Scanner | May 2nd, 2021

Rome teen armed with gun arrested after multi-county 100 mph chase in stolen truck ends in Carroll County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on April 18th, 2021, at around 10:48 PM, FCPD Officer Kendall Dollar was conducting patrol operations when she observed a vehicle later identified as a stolen gray 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 fail to stop at the stop sign located at Floyd Springs Road and Old Summerville Road. The officer activated her equipment in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop with the vehicle. Officer Dollar reported, “[I] advised dispatch that [I] was attempting to stop the vehicle. [I] then heard the suspect vehicle rev the engine, indicating that the driver was increasing speed. [I] was also able to visually observe the suspect vehicle increase speed. [I] immediately notified dispatch that [I] would now be in pursuit of the suspect vehicle.” Due to the amount of mud on the vehicle, the officer could not see a legible tag number. The pursuit traveled south on Old Summerville Road in the direction of McGrady Road. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 was later identified to be driven by William Lee Touchstone, 17, of Rome, crossed into the northbound lane of travel while passing the intersection at Little Texas Valley Road. William traveled south in the northbound lane for a short distance before finally crossing back into the correct lanes. William’s reached speeds of approximately 110 MPH in a 40 MPH speed zone. William ran multiple stop signs before turning onto Highway 27, where speeds reached 120-125 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone. William’s reached speeds of 130 MPH as he traveled south on Highway 27 passed Armuchee High School. Once at the Armuchee Connector red light at the suspect vehicle proceeded through the red light, almost striking a vehicle that was turning left onto Highway 27. Officer Dollar reported, “Once the pursuit reached the intersection of GA Loop 1 and State Route 1, Sgt. Holbrook instructed that [I] end the pursuit. Dispatch advised that the vehicle was possibly the truck that was reported stolen this morning from Jones Bend Road. [I] advised dispatch that [I] was no longer in pursuit and that the suspect vehicle just almost struck a taxi that was exiting onto State Route 1 from one of the motels near China City.” Officer McCormick then observed the truck pass him at speeds over 90 MPH near the Walker Mountain store. Floyd County Sheriff Deputies followed behind Officer McCormick, who began pursuing William once more. The pursuit continued into Polk County with Officer McCormick, Officer Boatfield, Sgt. Holbrook, and Sgt. Glaze. The pursuit maintained speeds well over 100 MPH as it continued south through Polk County. Eventually, Polk County and Cedartown PD joined the pursuit. While in Carroll County, the third attempt at stop sticks was attempted near the I-20 overpass. The deployment was successful as it got his front tires. William was eventually taken into custody by Polk County PD in Carroll County. A .40 caliber Ruger handgun was found in the truck along with a small black puppy. The suspect vehicle was also positively identified as a stolen 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 taken from Jones Bend Road. William was transported to the Polk County Jail charged with theft by receiving, theft by taking, eluding police, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a person under 18 years of age, possession of tobacco by a minor and cruelty to animals. William was later booked into the Floyd County Jail charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control devices x3, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violation, and felony fleeing.