NWGA Scanner | September 14th, 2021

Unlicensed teen leads Floyd County police officer on pursuit after having just smoked marijuana

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on September 7th, 2021, at around 10:14 PM, while on patrol on Calhoun Road near June Street, Officer Overstreet noticed a White 2016 Jeep Compass traveling northbound on Calhoun Road at a high rate of speed traveling South. Officer Overstreet reported, “[I] used the radar unit (EC009039) in my patrol unit, and noticed the vehicle was traveling at 68 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone (13 over posted limit). [I] slowed down and pulled in a drive to back out, and noticed that the vehicle was now passing Dellinger Road at what appeared to be a greater speed than that which it passed me. I activated my patrol unit’s emergency lights and siren, and attempted to catch up to the vehicle. As [I] passed Mango Road, the offender’s vehicle had passed around a curve, and [I] temporarily lost sight of the vehicle to safely negotiate the curve. As [I] exited the curve [I] noticed the vehicle was passing Model School, and [I] continued to attempt to catch the vehicle.” As they approached Ward Mountain Road, the officer advised dispatch that he was attempted to catch a vehicle outbound on Calhoun Road. The driver, later identified as Austin Eugene Dean, 18, of Rome, passed another vehicle on the Calhoun Road near West Hermitage. Once Dean reached Calhoun Road at Burlington Road, he was traveling at a normal speed. Dean then turned on Todd Street and slowly rolled to a stop at 58 Todd Street. The female passenger immediately jumped out of the car. According to the report, The officer ordered the passenger to get back in the vehicle, and she kept saying that he was scared. Once the female passenger got back in the vehicle, the officer was able to approach the driver’s side. When asked what he was running for, Dean stated that he didn’t have a license. Officer Overstreet reported, “As [I] was getting the driver out to place him in cuffs, the odor of marijuana was coming from inside the car. His mother asked him if he was running from the police, and he stated that he didn’t want to stop until he got back to the house.” Dean stated that he was just scared cause he didn’t have a license. [I] explained to Dean that all he was going to be stopped for was speeding.” Officer Bray advised that he located a partially smoked marijuana cigarette in the driver-side door panel for the window controls. Officer Overstreet reported, “[I] asked him when was the last time he smoked, and he stated that it was about 30 minutes ago. [I] read the implied consent notice to Dean, and he refused the testing of his blood stating that he didn’t want to go to the hospital.” Dean was transported to Floyd County Jail, charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a license, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless driving, and speeding.