NWGA Scanner | November 20th, 2022

Unlicensed man drives all over the roadway nearly causing crash while fleeing Gordon County deputy

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On October 30th, 2022, at 9:15 PM, Deputy Mills attempted to stop a black Ford F-150 in front of him, failing to maintain its lane on Highway 225. According to the report, “Deputy MILLS observed the Black F-150 fail to maintain its lane several times on Highway 225 in between secondary roads of Greeson loop and McDaniel Road. Due to it raining and curves in the road, Deputy Mills waited to conduct a traffic stop until it could be done safely. Deputy Mills activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop in the area of McDaniel Road and Highway 225. The Black F150 resumed speeds from 50 mph to 55 mph. Deputy Mills activated his audible siren with the lights still flashing at the Highway 225 boat ramp. The Black F-150 continued at speeds of 50-55 mph. Deputy Mills advised Gordon 911 he was in pursuit of the Black F-150. In the area of Highway 225 at Craigtown Road, the Black F-150 slammed on its brakes, nearly striking the back of a black SUV, and swerved into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting another vehicle head-on. The Black F-150 came to a stop shortly after in a driveway.” The driver, identified as Juan Manuel Hernandez Rodriguez, 31, of Dalton, was out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Hernandez appeared not to understand commands. After being detained, Trooper Townsend, who was on the scene, determined Hernandez was not under the influence. Hernandez stated to Trooper Townsend he was just distracted because he was on his cell phone texting and using GPS. Hernandez was booked into the Gordon County Jail, charged with failure to maintain lane x2, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving without a license, texting while driving, reckless driving, and fleeing.