NWGA Scanner | September 15th, 2022

Wanted Chickamauga man arrested after wild high-speed chase ends in crash Tuesday morning in LaFayette

According to the Georgia State Patrol Public Information Office, On September 13th, 2022, at approximately 8:12am, Trooper Mitchell observed a gray Ford F-150 Truck traveling at 86 mph in a 35 mph, passing several vehicles in a no-passing zone. The trooper attempted a traffic stop with this vehicle, but the driver, identified as Blake Smith, 19, of Chickamauga, accelerated his speed and initiated a pursuit. The pursuit went throughout LaFayette city and county roads, down Highway 193, and onto Dripping Springs Road, where a GSP trooper lost control of his patrol vehicle and crashed. The pursuit lasted approximately fifteen minutes. Smith then tried to enter an entrance, to the Citgo service station, at Highway 136 and Highway 27 at a high rate of speed, without success. The Ford struck a Buick passenger vehicle in front of the Ford. Smith was found to have no license and several warrants for his arrest, fled on foot, and was apprehended a short distance away. Smith was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with improper lane change/failure to maintain lane x2, too fast for conditions, failure to obey stop sign or yield after stopping x2, reckless driving, driving while license suspended or revoked, failure to exercise due care when using cell phone/radio, defective tires DUI-driving under the influence of drugs, seat belts violation (adults), improper passing in no passing zone x2, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers-felony, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, failure to appear for finger printable charge, x2, and violation probation – felony. According to the GSP, A total of three GSP vehicles were damaged during the pursuit.