NWGA Scanner | October 25th, 2022

Wanted felon flees road check and leads GSP troopers on dangerous chase in Floyd County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On September 24th, 2022, at 2:37 AM, Trooper Mosley of Rome post 38 was participating in an approved GSP road check on 2nd Avenue at 3rd Street in Rome, GA. Trooper Mosley reported, “[I] was with multiple other Georgia State Patrol Troopers who were all equipped with: traffic vests, flashlights, and our emergency lights active. Multiple other Trooper and [I] observed a dark sedan perform an illegal u-turn on the hill crest of the River Bridge just south of our road check location.” The driver of the 2014 Chevy Cruze, Timothy Lamar Turner, 28, of Rome, initiated a pursuit with troopers. Trooper Mosley took the lead as the pursuit traveled west on Broad Street and over the bridge onto South Broad Street. Turner then made an improper turn from South Broad Street onto Myrtle Street when he turned right from the left lane instead of the right lane. Trooper Mosley reported, “The violator was driving in a reckless manner in the residential area as well as driving above the posted speed limit of 25MPH. There were multiple cars parked on the side of the road that the violator nearly struck during the pursuit while driving on the wrong side of the roadway. The violator’s operation of the vehicle was sporadic, sudden, and violent with most of his turns and maneuvers.” Turner failed to stop at several stop signs throughout the pursuit. Trooper Mosley attempted a PIT maneuver at the intersection of Porter Street and Hardy Avenue. Turner was able to correct his path of travel and continue to flee. When the Turner made a quick left onto Grover Street, Trooper Mosley was unable to slow in time to make the left with him. Trooper SFC Buckner of LaFayette Post 41 then took the primary position in the pursuit. Trooper Stephens of Dalton Post 5 took secondary until Trooper Mosley caught back up on Nixon Avenue. Trooper Mosley reported, “The violator failed to stop at multiple stop signs while SFC Buckner was primary in the pursuit as well as having no regard for the safety of anyone around him.” SFC Buckner reported, “After traveling in circles on the city streets, the Chevrolet approached the intersection at Cherokee Street and Nixon Avenue. The Chevrolet attempted to turn left, but the driver then changed his mind and attempted to steer back to the right. [I] performed a PIT by making contact on the right rear passenger side with the left front of my patrol vehicle’s brush guard. The Chevrolet rotated clockwise in front of my patrol vehicle, and the driver attempted to accelerate away. TFC Mosely attempted to pin the Chevrolet in by contacting the passenger side of the Chevrolet with the front of his patrol vehicle’s brush guard. The Chevrolet struck a fence and came to final rest on the fence.” Lamar fled on foot but was tackled shortly after by all troopers and taken into custody. Turner returned with a suspended license and multiple felony probation violation warrants for his arrest through the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Turner was also suspected of being impaired and refused implied consent. Turner was booked into the jail charged with stop signs and yield signs x10, obstruction of an officer- felony, operation of unregistered vehicle or vehicle without current license plate, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, driving while license suspended or revoked (misdemeanor), improper lane change, possession and use of drug related objects, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane, u-turns, operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles, wrong side of roadway, aggressive driving, safety belts, use of required 18 and up, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer felony, probation violation (when probation terms are altered) – felony and felony probation violation (when probation terms are altered).