NWGA Scanner | March 11th, 2021

Teen charged with child cruelty after high-speed chase with small child inside vehicle in Gordon County

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021, at approximately 8:25 PM, Deputy Holley was on routine patrol in the area of Pleasant Hill Road when he observed a vehicle severely failing to maintain lane—fearing that the driver of the vehicle was possibly intoxicated and a danger to the motoring public the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and investigate further. The vehicle quickly turned onto Taylor Town Road. The deputy observed the vehicle passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone. The vehicle began traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy activated his emergency equipment. The suspect vehicle did not slow down or stop and instead increased its speed, fleeing recklessly from the deputy. The deputy pursued the vehicle eastbound on Taylor Town Road, passing Guess Road. The vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed on curvy wet roads and was causing an immediate threat to the motoring public. As the vehicle approached Thompson Road, it turned right into the driveway of 1319 Taylor Town Road. The vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed down a dirt driveway that contained multiple residences along the roadway. The vehicle came to a stop at the dead-end of the driveway in front of a residence. The deputy exited his patrol vehicle and removed his department-issued sidearm, pointing it at the vehicle as both the driver and passenger doors on the suspect vehicle came open. The deputy gave loud verbal commands for the occupants to remain in the vehicle and close their doors. The deputy observed a female in the driver’s seat identified as Chelsey Hope Easterwood, 19, of Ranger, and a 15-year-old female in the front passenger seat who was holding her small child. The driver yelled out the window that she knew she was going to jail but that the passenger was only fifteen years old. Easterwood was taken into custody after more units arrived on the scene. The young child that the passenger was holding was handed off to a deputy who sat with her in his patrol vehicle to keep her warm. Easterwood stated she ran because she had a warrant out for her arrest. The warrant was confirmed through the City of Calhoun for probation violation. The juvenile passenger advised that Easterwood saw him turn around behind her and panicked. The juvenile stated she asked her to stop running and just pull over several times. The young juvenile stated the young child was her daughter. Easterwood was transported to the Gordon County Jail, where she was booked and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude, cruelty to children 1st degree x2, too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, Improper passing, child safety restraint, and following too closely.