NWGA Scanner | January 30th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on January 16th, 2022, at around 10:29 AM, The complainant stated that he drove a female later identified as Shelby Mariah Jones, 29, of Burnett, Texas, from Paris, Texas, to Rome on the previous date. According to the report, He stated that he rented a room and fell asleep. When he awoke, Jones and his car were gone. He stated that he did not give her permission to take the vehicle. At approximately 11:12 AM, Officer Shelly was requested to call the original complainant. Officer Shelly reported, “He informed me that the suspect had contacted him claiming to be returning to the motel. [I] drove to the closed end of the southwest bypass and parked at the edge of Highway 27 to watch for her. [I] observed her approach and turned onto the loop toward the dead end. [I] followed her and used my blue lights to effect a traffic stop. [I] approached her driver’s window and ordered her to shut off the vehicle and step out. She refused. [I] told her again, and she said she was not going to go with me. [I] again gave her orders to shut off the vehicle, and she fled at a high rate of speed. [I] gave chase and activated my siren. The suspect turned right (north) onto Hwy 27 and fled toward town. At the Americas Best Value Inn, she turned into the parking lot and circled back to an exit. [I] exited my vehicle and again ordered her out and explained that she was under arrest. She yelled, ” you aren’t real,” and again fled toward Rome. The suspect fled into Rome and drove around traffic stopped at Turner McCall and Riverbend drive. She turned into Urgent Care and exited her vehicle. She began yelling, and [I] grabbed her and bent her over the hood of her vehicle in order to handcuff her.” According to the report, This entire chase took place in a combination of rain and snow. Jones was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with felony theft by taking a motor vehicle, felony attempting to elude police, reckless driving, driving without a license, and a seat belt violation.