NWGA Scanner | February 13th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 3rd, 2022, at 2:21 PM, Officer Puckett, was performing stationary patrol on the Armuchee connector at its intersection with 3 Mile Road. Officer Puckett reported, “[I] observed a white Cadillac Escalade traveling north toward my patrol vehicle at a rate of speed that appeared to be faster than the posted speed limit (45mph). [I] estimated the Cadillac to be traveling at approximately 60mph. Using my department-issued LIDAR unit, [I] was able to confirm my visual estimation. My LIDAR unit made an audible tone and displayed the vehicle’s speed as 57mph while approaching where my patrol vehicle was located. While passing my patrol vehicle, the Cadillac continued to travel north at approximately 55mph. After the Cadillac passed my patrol vehicle, it did not appear that the Cadillac lowered its speed. [I], again using my LIDAR was able to get the vehicle’s speed as 57mph. [I] activated my emergency equipment (lights and siren) and began traveling north on the Armuchee connector in an effort to catch up to the vehicle. [I] was able to get behind the vehicle with my emergency equipment activated on the Armuchee Connector between the tennis center and Old Dalton Road. The Cadillac did not stop and turned north onto Old Dalton Road. Once both the Cadillac and my patrol vehicle were traveling north on Old Dalton Road, the Cadillac still did not come to a stop. At this time, [I] advised dispatch that I was attempting to stop a vehicle. [I] provided dispatch with a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel, and tag number. We continued to travel north on Old Dalton rd at speeds between 40-48mph until we reached the intersection of Old Dalton Road and Cordle Drive. The vehicle made a left onto Cordle Drive and began to travel west toward GA 1 N. After turning onto Cordle Drive. The vehicle again refused to stop. We traveled west on Cordle dr at speeds around 27mph until we reached the driveway of 10 Cordle Drive. The Cadillac turned left into the driveway of 10 Cordle Drive before coming to a stop in front of a closed gate across the driveway.” The officer exited the vehicle and gave loud verbal commands for the driver, identified as William Robert Wilcox, 59, Aragon, to turn the vehicle. Wilcox complied with all commands and was detained. Wilcox advised the officer that he did not know he was trying to stop him. Officer Puckett reported, “While clearing the vehicle [I] was able to observe an open 25oz Bud Ice can in the left side center cup holder. [I] asked Wilcox how many of the Bud Ice’s he had to drink, and he said that he was only drinking the one in the cupholder.” Wilcox was found to only have a Georgia identification card. During the interaction, the officer reported he was able to smell the odor of alcohol beverage emitting from Wilcox’s breath. According to the report, “Wilcox was read the Georgia Implied Consent notice by Officer Forrister. Wilcox did not give a yes or no answer and instead requested a lawyer.” Wilcox was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, open container violation, speeding, knowingly driving a motor vehicle on suspended, canceled, or revoked registration, and driving while license suspended.