NWGA Scanner | June 4th, 2021

Teen arrested after leading GSP trooper on wild ATV pursuit through Rome

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on May 13th, 2021, at approximately 5:12 PM, Trooper Sanders responded to the area of GA-1 Loop near Riverside Parkway in reference to a 2008 Yamaha Raptor who fled from Floyd County Police. Trooper Sanders reported, “Floyd County advised the vehicle fled south on GA 53 and began traveling west on GA 1 Loop. Floyd County advised the vehicle was last seen traveling west on GA 1 Loop near Rome High School. [I] observed the ATV stopped in the right westbound lane of GA 1 Loop at its intersection with Riverside Parkway at the traffic light. As [I] approached the rear of the ATV with my emergency equipment activated, the vehicle traveled into the intersection and began negotiating a hard left turn in an attempt to what [I] believed to be negotiating a to travel eastbound on GA 1 Loop. The vehicle suddenly began to travel straight, instead of making a U-turn to travel east on GA 1 Loop and began traveling south into the northbound lanes of Riverside Parkway initiating a pursuit.” The trooper advised Troop A Communications that he was in a pursuit of an ATV traveling on Riverside Parkway toward Turner McCall Blvd on the wrong side of the roadway. The trooper pursued the vehicle, traveling south in the northbound right turn lane of Riverside Parkway. The vehicle traveled over the curb onto the sidewalk of Riverside Parkway, traveling toward Chatillon Road. The trooper continued to pursue while using due regard for the motoring public. Trooper Sanders reported, “[I] believed that because of the reckless driving the violator was showing and not stopping for my emergency equipment, he was going to attempt to turn down Chatillon Road. [I] continued to use due regard while pursuing the violator, negotiating around vehicles safely because they were stopped and providing me a path to pursue.” The driver later identified Blake Agan Christian, 19, of Rome, who continued to travel on the wrong side of the roadway to flee and having neglect all other vehicles on the roadway. Trooper Sanders reported, “[I] continued to pursue the violator in the southbound lanes but allowed enough space for him to hopefully travel back onto the correct side of the roadway, which he did.” While traveling on Riverside Parkway, the violator turned around to look toward my patrol car, and while using his left hand, he extended his middle finger toward me.” The pursuit continued to Turner McCall Blvd, where the Blake negotiated a right turn, traveling west on Turner McCall Blvd. According to the report, Blake again raised his left hand toward the trooper’s patrol car and extended his middle finger toward him. The pursuit continued west on Turner McCall Blvd, where traffic began to be heavier. Trooper Sanders reported, “The violator was weaving in and out of traffic driving in an aggressive and reckless manner. [I] continued to pursue, while using due regard for the motoring public. The violator continued to weave around traffic and to drive in center continuous turn lane during portions of the pursuit.” At the intersection of Horseleg Creek Road, Blake ran the red light, nearly striking another motorist. The pursuit continued traveling west on Shorter Avenue and then turn onto South Hughes Street. Blake was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. The pursuit then turned onto Magnolia Avenue, running the stop sign at Cherry Street and South Elm Street. Blake then jumped from the ATV while it was still in motion and began to run on foot. Trooper Sanders reported, “While exiting my patrol vehicle, [I] observed a Floyd County Officer run around my patrol car and assisted me with placing the violator in handcuffs.” Blake stated he was having trouble breathing due to the helmet. The trooper then removed his helmet. Trooper Sanders reported, “[I] noticed an odor of marijuana coming from his person. Lt. Hovers with the Floyd County PD advised Mr. Agan of his Miranda Rights. [I] asked Mr. Agan when the last time he smoked marijuana and he stated, “earlier this morning.” I asked Mr. Agan approximately what time, and he stated, “I don’t want to answer any more questions.” I read Mr. Agan the Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or Under and requested the state-administered blood test at 1732 hours. Agan refused the Implied Consent Notice test with a verbal “no.” Blake was then transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with brake lights/turn signals, driving on divided highways, tires, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, aggressive driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, driving w/o insurance, operation of unregistered vehicle or vehicle without a current license plate, failure to maintain lane, horns and warning devices, operating an unsafe vehicle, speeding, wrong side of the roadway, stop sign violation, failure to obey traffic. control devices, improper lane change, operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles, driver to exercise due care/pedestrian, distracted driving hands free law, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers..