NWGA Scanner | August 26th, 2022

Trion man attempts to ram Chattooga and Walker County deputies during wild high-speed chase

According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On July 20th, 2022, at 10:23 AM, Deputy Camp was patrolling the area of Highway 151 Spur and Trion Highway conducting random vehicle registration checks by running license plates through GCIC/NCIC. Deputy Camp reported, “When [I] ran the license plate, TDB0106, that was displayed on a white Ford F-250, it returned with suspended registration and no insurance coverage on a 1999 silver F-250. Due to this, [I] conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 151 Spur and Trion Highway.” Deputy Camp then made contact with the driver, later identified as Zachery Gage Suttles, 36, of 2394 Halls Valley Drive, Trion, GA. Zachery provided the deputy with a Tennessee I.D. Card. Zachery was asked if his license was valid and stuttered when advising it should be. Deputy Camp reported, “This is a common reaction [I] have observed with people who’s licenses are not valid. [I] then asked Zackery to step out of the truck. Immediately Zackery placed the truck into drive and began to flee. Zackery layed drag by spinning the tires, causing the vehicle to swing back and forth in a gyrating motion.” Zackery fled northbound at a high rate of speed, with speeds over 80 mph at 45 mph. Zackery failed to maintain his lane and, at times, drove on the wrong side of the roadway. According to the report, Zackery was driving extremely recklessly with no regard for human life or the other drivers on the roadway. Zackery even drove southbound in the northbound lanes on Highway 27 before turning onto Halls Valley Road. Zackery ran the stop sign and continued southbound, driving recklessly all over the road. Walker County Sheriff’s Office Captain Anderson then joined the pursuit with Deputy Camp. Zackery drove through a cemetery at 1281 Halls Valley Drive. According to the report, “Zackery then made an intentional attempt to strike and ram Captain Anderson’s vehicle with his vehicle by driving directly at him, which could have caused serious injury or death. Zackery narrowly missed striking Captain Anderson, and he continued to flee north. He then turned down the driveway at 2585 Halls Valley Drive and circled a barn.” According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Deputy Tanner Railey joined the pursuit. Deputy Railey reported, “The suspect attempted to strike my vehicle head-on with the F-250 and continued to drive on the opposing side of the road, at a high rate of speed. Walker County Deputies, DTF Agents, and Chattooga County Deputies continued to chase the vehicle into a field.” DTF Agent Casey York and his K9 attempted to track Suttles but were unable to locate him. Walker County Deputy Camp was able to positively ID Zackery as the driver. Felony arrest warrants were then obtained for Zackery. According to Chattooga County Magistrate Court records, On August 17th, 2022, Zackery bit a Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force Agent’s hand as he was being arrested on felony warrants. Agents went to 2394 Halls Valley Drive and arrested Zackery based on warrants in Walker County and Chattooga County. Zackery resisted the entire time and even bit an agent’s hand as he was being detained. After placing Suttles in custody, Agents found three lines of methamphetamine on a mirror and a clear plastic bag of methamphetamine. Zackery was booked into the Chattooga County Jail charged with is charged with felony fleeing, aggravated assault on a peace officer, reckless driving, speeding, criminal damage to property, no insurance, failure to maintain a single lane, possession of methamphetamine, and felony obstruction of law enforcement officers.