NWGA Scanner | March 8th, 2022

Teenagers arrested on felony drug and gun charges after 100 mph high-speed chase on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 21st, 2022, at 1:38 AM, Whitfield Dispatch advised via radio of a BOLO (Be on Lookout) for a black Sport Utility Vehicle that Catoosa County was attempting to stop on I-75 South at the 345-mile marker. According to the report, “Deputy Caraway got stationary at the 336-mile marker southbound. Dispatch advised that the vehicle was checked speeding at 104 miles an hour. Deputy Caraway observed a black SUV matching the description of the BOLO traveling south on I-75. Deputy Caraway estimated the vehicle’s speed over 100 miles an hour when it went by him.” The deputy attempted to stop the 2015 Jeep Cherokee turning his emergency lights and sirens on. Deputy Caraway reported he could see the vehicle with Illinois registration driving extremely reckless while making improper lane changes and passing several cars. According to the report, “Deputy Caraway caught up to the vehicle at the 331-mile marker and advised dispatch that the vehicle was continuing south on I-75 at 120 miles an hour.” The vehicle approached mile marker 328 and observed a patrol vehicle with its emergency lights on going onto I-75 south. The vehicle slammed on its brakes and went from the left-hand lane to the exit lane of 328. The vehicle struck the center divider on South Dug Gap Rd. The vehicle spun out of control and came to a rest on the North Bound lanes of South Dug Gap Road. Deputies held the occupants at gunpoint, giving loud verbal commands for them to show their hands. The driver, identified as Micheal Malik Whitaker, 18, of Illinois, was placed under arrest. Passengers Christopher Armstrong, 19, of Chicago, IL, Joseph Afriyie, 18, of Atlanta, GA, (front seat passenger) and Willie Cook, 19, of St. Paul, MN, were all detained. A large amount of marijuana, pills, counterfeit 100-dollar bills, and two loaded handguns were located inside the vehicle. According to the report, “Mr. Whitaker requested to speak with his lawyer. Mr. Armstrong stated that the guns and drugs were not his. Mr. Cook requested his attorney. Mr. Afriyie stated that the drugs and guns were not his.” All four subjects were transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Cook was charged with Crossing guard line drugs, Forgery second degree, Possession of Firearm during Felony, Possession of Concealed Firearm, Possession of Marijuana Felony, Drugs not in Original Container, Possession of Schedule 2. Armstrong was charged with Possession of Firearm during Felony, Possession of Concealed Firearm, Possession of Marijuana Felony, Drugs not in Original Container, and Possession of Schedule 2. Afriyie was charged with Possession of Firearm during Felony, Possession of Concealed Firearm, Possession of Marijuana Felony, Drugs not in Original Container, and Possession of Schedule 2. Whitaker was charged with Possession of Firearm during Felony, Possession of Concealed Firearm, Possession of Marijuana Felony, Drugs not in Original Container, Possession of Schedule 2, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane, Turn Signal Violation, Reckless Driving, Improper Stopping, Driver to Exercise Due Care, Fleeing to Elude Felony.