NWGA Scanner | July 15th, 2021

Tennessee man arrested on felony charges after wild multi-county 100 mph pursuit ends in Gordon County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on June 30th, 2021, a Dade County Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a blue Dodge Charger after it entered a closed lane of traffic on I-24 eastbound. According to the report, “That lane was closed because another deputy was working an accident. The suspect vehicle entered that lane and accelerated as he went past the other units.” Dade County Deputies pursued the vehicle later identified to be driven by Detavier Sean Burse, 21, of La Vergne, Tennessee, into Tennessee. Deputies were unable to catch up to the vehicle due to heavy traffic. According to the report, at approximately 2:47 PM, a Catoosa County Deputy spotted the blue Dodge Charger after a BOLO was issued. The Charger was traveling at a high rate of speed on I-75 south at near mile marker 352. Detavier failed to stop and initiated another vehicle pursuit. Troopers advised Troop A Communications about the pursuit in progress. Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were requesting Georgia State Patrol to assist in the pursuit. According to the report, at approximately 3:04 PM, GSP SGT. Zah observed Detavier and the blue Dodge Charger traveling at a high rate of speed near exit 328 in Whitfield County. Detavier failed to stop and initiated another pursuit. SGT. Zah observed the Dodge Charger had a temporary paper tag displayed. According to the report, Detavier traveled recklessly, exceeding the speed limit, and endangered the motoring public. The pursuit traveled south on I-75 into Gordon County, where SGT. Zah lost the visual of the Detavier and terminated the pursuit. According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Sergeant Phillips observed Detavier passing a vehicle on the right shoulder at a high rate of speed on Highway 136, heading westbound. According to the report, “Sgt. Phillip was passed by Deputy Saylors as both units continued westbound on Highway 136, attempting to catch up to the Detavier. Detavier was traveling over 100 mph, and deputies were unable to catch up to him. According to the report, “A witness advised deputies that the Charger turned right onto Hyde Road heading northbound. Another witness pointed that the vehicle turned left onto Midway Road, continuing Northbound.” Detavier then took a right onto Carbondale Road, continuing northbound back into Whitfield County at a high rate of speed. Detavier took a right heading eastbound on West Nance Springs Road. Captain Worely then advised that he had a visual on Detavier heading toward Highway 41 at Muse Road. Detavier then turned left, traveling northbound on Highway 41. Gordon County deputies then terminated the pursuit. Trooper Haney then observed Detavier, who had been fleeing from multiple agencies traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on I-75 in the left lane. Trooper Haney was never close enough to pursue the blue Dodge Charger. Detavier continued to travel south at a high rate of speed in a reckless manner, making multiple erratic lane changes with no signal and using the emergency lane to pass another motorist. Detavier caused a three-vehicle crash on I-75 south at mile marker 322. A driver and passenger in the crash were sent to the hospital with minor injuries. The blue Dodge Charger exited off the interstate at exit 315. Trooper Bullock joined the pursuit with Calhoun Police Officers and Gordon County Deputies. According to the report, “The pursuit had become increasingly dangerous, as the suspect showed no regard for the motoring public, any state laws, law enforcement, or himself. To preserve life and public safety, TFC. Bullock felt the pursuit needed to be terminated immediately. The use of stop sticks was too dangerous, and at the time, there were not any known law enforcement officers ahead of the pursuit due to his reckless driving TFC. Bullock felt that a box-in maneuver posed a risk. In order to safeguard life and preserve public safety, TFC. Bullock decided to attempt to channel the Dodge Charger off the road or onto a dead-end street as the driver passed TFC. Bullock on the wrong side of the road, their vehicles made contact.” Detavier was taken at gunpoint and placed under arrest after being given loud verbal commands from the trooper, “show me your hands”. A loaded gun was found, and Detavier was found to have a suspended license. Detavier was transported to the Gordon County Jail, charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of crime felony, reckless driving, improper passing on the right/passing on the shoulder of a road, failure to stop at a stop sign, passing in no-passing zones, driving too fast for conditions, failure to use signal, driving with a suspended or revoked license and improper lane change or usage.