NWGA Scanner | March 1st, 2021

Two men killed after high-speed pursuit ends with PIT maneuver in Whitfield County Thursday

Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said Zachary Lumpkin, 25, of Resaca, who died on Thursday after a pursuit ended with a deputy using a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver on the vehicle he was driving, had outstanding felony failure to appear warrants for possession of and receiving stolen property, driving with a suspended license and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Chitwood went on to say the sheriff’s office they had had contact with Lumpkin earlier in the week and he ran evading law enforcement at that time. He said they had received some information that Lumpkin was in the south Whitfield County area Thursday night. He said when a deputy, who is normally assigned to the Drug Unit but was temporarily assigned to the Patrol Division due to a shortage in units, tried to stop the vehicle driven by Lumpkin. Lumpkin again refused to stop and attempted to avoid being arrested. He was driving at a high rate of speed, was driving erratically, traveling south on 41 in the northbound lane of travel. The sheriff said, “we felt like he was a major threat to other traffic on the roadway, and the deputy made the decision to exercise the PIT maneuver.” According to Whitfield County Jail records, Lumpkin was arrested by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office in July 2017 for theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, cruelty to children, reckless conduct, willful obstruction of law officers, and felony fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer. According to that report, Lumpkin lead deputies on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen black Ford Focus in the Resaca area. Zachary had several previous arrests, including one in Gordon County for two sales of methamphetamine in March 2017 during “Operation SPRING CLEAN” a long-term counter-drug investigation.

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Thursday, February 25th, 2021, at around 7:45 PM, Zachary Lumpkin, 25, of White, Georgia, driver of vehicle #1, a 1992 Ford Ranger, was traveling south on GA 3 while actively fleeing from vehicle #2, a marked Whitfield County Sheriff’s car with blue lights and siren activated. The Whitfield County deputy performed a PIT maneuver to terminate the pursuit while the Ford Ranger was traveling south on GA 3 in the northbound travel lane. The deputy struck the Ford Ranger in the right rear with the left front of his patrol vehicle. The area of impact was on GA 3 in the north travel lane. The Ford Ranger rotated clockwise and slid sideways onto the west shoulder until going airborne. The driver’s side of the Ford Ranger struck the power pole. The Ford Ranger overturned, coming to an uncontrolled final rest facing southwest on the west shoulder on its top side. Both Zachary Lumpkin and passenger Shadow Stanley, 20, of Dalton was killed in the crash. In addition to an investigation by the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT), the sheriff’s office is conducting a use of force investigation.