NWGA Scanner | July 17th, 2021
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on July 10th, 2021, Deputy Fouts responded to Poplar Street in Rossville in reference to a prowler call. Deputy Fouts reported, “When [I] arrived on scene [I] spoke with the suspect, Bethany Brooke Meade, 37, of Rossville. Bethany advised me that she was on scene attempting to get her belongings from a shed not attached to the house.” The deputy advised Bethany that she did not live there due to it being a vacant house that is for sale. According to the report, She advised the deputy that she used to live there when her grandmother was alive, but she had since moved out.” Deputy Fouts reported, “[I] then had Walker 911 run her through NCIC/GCIC for wants. They advised me that she had an active warrant through the sheriff’s office. [I] then asked Bethany to turn around and place her hands behind her back. [I] grabbed her left wrist and attempted to place it behind her back. Bethany then turned very fast and shoved me in an attempt to get me away from her.” Bethany then jumped into the driver’s seat of the 2011 Nissan Versa and began attempting to start it. According to the report, Deputy Fouts drew his county-issued taser and ordered Bethany to stop. Deputy Fouts again grabbed her wrist and attempted to pull her out of the vehicle. Deputy Fouts reported, “Bethany then attempted to grab my taser from me and shoved me again. [I] deployed my county-issued taser. [I] then again ordered her to get out of the vehicle, and [I] tried to pull her out of the vehicle. While attempting this, the taser cycle ended, and she attempted to take the prongs out while cranking the vehicle. [I] gave her another 5 seconds cycle on the taser before she took off in Nissan through the back yard.” Bethany sped down Pine Hill Street towards East Avenue before running the stop sign at East Ave. According to the report, Bethany then turned right onto East Avenue towards Dry Valley Road. Bethany began driving recklessly, running several stop signs, passing vehicles in a no-passing zone, and driving all over the roadway. Bethany reached speeds of 70 to 80 mph on Crestridge, traveling towards Highway 341. Bethany then ran the stop sign at Highway 341 and traveled northbound towards Southern Drive. According to the report, “She continued north on Highway 341 and passed a car in a no-passing zone in the curve at Old Chattanooga Valley Road and almost struck another vehicle head-on.” Bethany turned onto South Burnt Mill Road but missed the roadway due to her speed. Bethany struck the guard rail on the west side of the road and continued south on Burnt Mill, and traveled towards West Schmidt Road. According to the report, “Bethany was all over the road as she traveled towards Ridgeland Road. She then continued on Dry Valley Road. Bethany then attempted to stop her vehicle at 1308 Dry Valley Road but was traveling so fast that she couldn’t.” She began yelling profanities and continued towards East Avenue. Deputy Fouts reported, “[I] observed her then veer her vehicle towards Deputy Schrader’s vehicle, with K-9 Deputy Anzo in the vehicle. She then got back into her lane of travel and pulled into the driveway at 1308 Dry Valley Road. Bethany then threw an open bottle of Jameson whiskey out the passenger window into a bush.” Deputy Fouts drew his pistol as Bethany exited the vehicle and took off running on foot. Deputy Schrader then released K9 Anzo. Deputy Schrader and Deputy Herpst placed Bethany in handcuffs. Bethany was found to have a canceled license, and the warrants were confirmed as valid. Bethany was transported to the Walker County Jail, charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, felony obstruction of law enforcement officers, simple battery against police officer/LE dog/ corrections or detention officer, felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, reckless driving, failure to obey stop sign or yield after stopping, improper lane change/failure to maintain lane, improper passing in a no-passing zone, driving the wrong side of the road, and driving without a valid license.