NWGA Scanner | March 1st, 2022

Tunnel Hill man arrested on theft charges after brief high-speed chase ends in foot pursuit in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 6th, 2022, around 8:37 PM, Deputy Caraway observed a Gold in color Cadillac traveling North on South Dixie Highway at West Nance Springs Road. According to the report, “Deputy Caraway noticed that the vehicle did not have any working tag lights. Deputy Caraway attempted to catch up to the vehicle, but when the driver noticed Deputy Caraway catching up, the driver turned into a private driver. Deputy Caraway continued North on South Dixie and pulled off the roadway to observe traffic. A few minutes went by, and Deputy Caraway observed the vehicle again traveling North. Deputy Caraway again attempted to catch up to the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle turned on its blinker to turn onto Ashley Brooke Dr. The vehicle made a hard left-handed turn onto Ashley Brook Dr while accelerating aggressively. Deputy Caraway was able to notice the acceleration due to the weight shifting multiple times while the driver was steering the vehicle to keep it in the roadway. Deputy Caraway informed dispatch via radio that there was a vehicle taking off. The vehicle then made a right-hand turn onto Shelton Way at a high rate of speed and acceleration. Deputy Caraway estimated the vehicle’s speed between 50 and 60 miles an hour. The vehicle drove recklessly down Shelton Way, almost striking mailboxes and other vehicles that were parked in their driveways. The vehicle made a left-hand turn, and the driver got out of the vehicle while it was still rolling. The vehicle left the roadway and came to a rest in a small ditch.” The driver, later identified as Anthony Brian Massey, 43, of Tunnel Hill, GA, took off running into the wooded area. The deputy gave chase and observed Massey get on the ground and light a cigarette. According to the report, “Deputy Caraway then placed Mr. Massey under arrest. Mr. Massey stated that the reason that he ran was “I’m a f***ing idiot”. Deputy Caraway had dispatched to check the Tennessee registration that was displayed on the vehicle. Dispatch advised that it belonged to a 2002 Buick and it was stolen. Deputy Caraway then had dispatched to check the Vehicle Identification Number through GCIC. Dispatch advised that the vehicle had canceled registration and had no valid insurance. Dispatch advised that Mr. Massey had a suspended Georgia driver’s license. Deputy Caraway found an open bottle of Bacardi rum in the driver side floorboard.” Massey was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with taillight violation, improper turn, too fast for conditions, reckless driving, driver to exercise due care, fleeing to elude felony, canceled registration, no insurance, affix the tag to conceal or misrepresent the identity of the vehicle, driving while license suspended, open container, no seatbelt, failure to maintain lane, theft by Receiving stolen property, and willful obstruction of law enforcement.