NWGA Scanner | October 21st, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on October 4th, 2021, at approximately 1:10 AM, Deputy Densmore and Spivey were stationary on Interstate 75 monitoring northbound traffic. According to the report, “The roadway of the interstate was wet at the time of this incident. Deputy Spivey advised Deputy Densmore he witnessed a vehicle later identified as a 2007 Nissan Z coupe approaching their location traveling at an extremely high rate of speed.” Deputies checked the vehicle’s speed on LIDAR, going 109 MPH. Deputies witnessed the vehicle at a high rate of speed passing through a group of vehicles in all three of the northbound lanes. According to the report, “The other vehicles in the group appeared to be traveling within the posted speed limit, the action of the speeding motor vehicle appeared to disregard the safety of other motorists.” Deputies attempted a traffic stop and quickly noticed the red car continued at a high rate of speed, passing by vehicles within a couple of feet from the side of the vehicles. Multiple vehicles quickly moved to the right-hand lanes to avoid being struck by the speeding vehicle. According to the report, “Deputy Densmore obtained a speed of approximately 110 MPH when he observed the red car continuing to gain distance of the patrol unit. While Deputy Densmore attempted to catch up to the speeding red car, it was clear the red car did not appear to slow. Deputy Densmore then decided to activate his patrol unit’s emergency equipment in an attempt to assist in warning slower-moving vehicles in the path of the speeding vehicle as well as warn vehicles of the approach of his emergency vehicle as he attempted to acquire the speeding red car. Deputy Densmore then noticed the speeding Red car move from one lane to a lane then turn off the vehicle’s lights, including its headlights. The collective actions of the driver from traveling at an extremely high rate of speed around other motor vehicles, continually changing lanes without signaling or warning other motorists, and turning off all lights of the vehicle while maintaining a high rate of speed were in obvious disregard for public safety. While Deputy Densmore pursued the red car utilizing emergency equipment (constant blue lights and siren).” The deputy pursued the vehicle until it crashed into the guardrail while taking exit 328. Deputies approached the vehicle from the driver’s side, where he encountered a Hispanic male driver identified as Mario Gijon, 19, of Smyrna, GA. Mario was then taken into custody and transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with speeding, reckless driving, and fleeing attempting to elude law enforcement.