NWGA Scanner | April 28th, 2021
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report on April 11th, 2021, at around 7:09 PM, Deputy Barkley was patrolling the area of Highway 193 and Burnt Mill Road when he noticed a yellow Honda motorcycle with no visible registration. The motorcycle was turning left onto Highway 193 towards Highway 2. The motorcycle then turned right onto Highway 2 toward Chattanooga Valley Road, where it crossed the centerline several times. The deputy attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 2 and Chattanooga Valley. The motorcycle then turned left onto Chattanooga Valley and left again in the parking lot of the Little Kingdom Academy. Deputy Barkley reported, “The vehicle then appeared as if it was going to stop and then accelerated at a high rate of speed through the grass and back onto Chattanooga Valley Road where it turned right, back toward Highway 2. The vehicle then turned right onto Highway 2 back toward Highway 193 at approximately 50 miles an hour and on the wrong side of the road. [I] then activated my sirens and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle then crossed over Highway 193 and traveled approximately 100 yards before making an illegal u-turn going towards Highway 193 again. The vehicle then went around several cars that were stopped at the red light at Highway 2 and Highway 193.” The motorcyclist later identified Stephen Wayne Brown, 29, of Rossville, turned right Burnt Mill Road, where he then hit a bump and fell over. Brown stood up and began running on foot into the woods at the intersection of Burnt Mill Road and Highway 193. The deputy gave chase of the suspect through the woods. Deputy Barkley reported, “After running through the woods through thick deep mud and water, the suspect fell in the water, and [I] held him at gunpoint and ordered him to show me his hands.” Brown was taken into custody with the further incident. Brown was asked why he fled, and he stated because his license was suspended. Brown also showed to have active warrants out of Murray County. The motorcycle also came back not registered with no insurance. Brown was booked into the Walker County Jail charged withhold for other agency (Murray County), no insurance, failure to register vehicle, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, reckless driving, improper lane change/failure to maintain lane, fleeing/attempting to elude police, driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense).