WEDOWEE - A high speed police pursuit Saturday afternoon that started in Carroll County, Ga., and extended across the state line, ended in Wedowee after the suspect wrecked his vehicle.
According to a public information officer with the Georgia State Patrol, the suspect was identified as Kenneth Michael Willis, 29, of Temple, Ga. He was arrested by officers on a number of charges and taken to Randolph County Jail.
According to the GSP report, the pursuit began when a Carroll County Deputy was trying to pull over a Dodge Ram 3500 truck that had been clocked at 84 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 166 near Old Airport Road. The deputy ended his pursuit of the vehicle, and a Georgia State Patrolman took over the pursuit. As the pursuit continued on a number a Carroll County roads, the trooper tried to PIT (precision immobilization maneuver) the suspect vehicle, but was unable to do so. The trooper notified Bowdon (Ga.) Police and spike strips were set up to stop the vehicle. The suspect avoided the strips and continued down Highway 100 into Alabama, striking the GSP car several times on the side.
Alabama Troopers and Randolph County deputies were contacted, and spike strips were set up just east of Woodland on Highway 48. After hitting the strips, the suspect lost a front tire but continued at a high speed toward Wedowee. As the suspect attempted to turn north on Highway 431, the vehicle could not turn, crossed all lanes of traffic and ran off the road down a steep embankment on the old Wedowee Hospital property.
The suspect exited the vehicle and was found hiding in some deep kudzu. The suspect told officers he was not driving the vehicle, and when he began to describe a lady he said was driving the vehicle, he was describing himself. Due to the truck containing suspected methamphetamine, Randolph County officers arrested the suspect and carried him to the county jail. Along with the local meth charge, Willis is charged by the Georgia State Patrol with failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions, failure to exercise due care, driving within a median, fleeing/attempting to elude, driving under the influence, driving on the wrong side of the road, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer while engaged in official duty, no proof of insurance, reckless driving and failure to obey traffic control devices. As of Tuesday afternoon, Willis was still being held in Randolph County Jail.