NWGA Scanner | July 6th, 2022

Walker County deputy injured after drunk driver slams into patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed on Highway 27

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, On June 21st, 2022, at 12:55 AM, a 2008 Chrysler 300 being driven by Jake Wade Stone, 24, of Rossville, and a Walker County Sheriff’s Office 2019 Dodge Charger Patrol vehicle being driven by Deputy Haven were traveling south on Georgia 1 (Hwy 27). According to the crash report, “Walker County Deputy Haven had just entered the construction zone in Chickamauga when a witness Walker County K-9 Deputy Small notified Deputy Haven that a white Chrysler 300 was traveling towards him at an extremely high rate of speed (100 + mph). Deputy Haven stated no traffic was traveling northbound, so he entered the northbound lane in an attempt to check the Chrysler’s speed on his rear antenna. Deputy Haven stated that about the time he saw the Chrysler, he was traveling in the wrong lane so fast (speeds over 100 mph) that he was unable to verify his speed before getting stuck in the rear.” The Chrysler slammed into the rear of the patrol vehicle while traveling southbound, in the northbound lane. After impact, the patrol vehicle traveled approximately 78 feet before impacting a concrete wall on the right side of the roadway. The Chrysler then continued traveling southbound for approximately 80 feet before coming to a final controlled rest in the northbound lane facing southeast. The Chrysler began rotating clockwise while traveling off the left shoulder. The Chrysler struck an orange traffic barrier before traveling partially up an embankment. The Chrysler came to a final uncontrolled rest on the embankment facing north. The driver of the Chrysler, Jake, suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Erlanger by CHI Memorial EMS. Deputy Haven suffered minor injuries as well and was transported to the Erlanger. According to the crash report, Georgia State Patrol issued warrants for Jake for DUI- alcohol, open container violation, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, reckless driving, and too fast for conditions. After the crash, the deputy advised via radio that Jake was extremely intoxicated. According to arrest records, Jake has had previous arrests for DUI. Jake was arrested in 2021 for the violent shooting of a 21-year-old man on Rossville Avenue. CPD Violent Crime investigators charged Jake with aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. On June 28th, 2022, Jake was booked into the Walker County Jail on the warrants.

Jake Stone Via WCSO