According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On November 25th, 2023, at 10:00 PM, Trooper Capehart was on patrol in his marked Dodge Challenger patrol vehicle on GA-1 (Hwy 27) around MM 12 in Chattooga County. Trooper Capehart reported, “[I] observed a white motorcycle traveling above the posted 45 MPH speed limit while approaching the rear of my patrol vehicle. I activated my Stalker Radar unit and confirmed the motorcycle was traveling 53 MPH in a posted 45 MPH zone. The motorcycle was in the left lane, and I was in the right lane southbound on GA-1. [I] slowed down in an attempt to let the motorcycle pass me. Once the motorcycle approached the rear of my patrol vehicle, he slowed down and would not pass me. [I] then slowed down even more, almost coming to a stop. The motorcyclist then passed me and changed from the left lane to the right lane in front of me. I attempted to perform a traffic stop on this motorcycle by activating my blue lights. The motorcyclist activated his right turn signal as if he were going to pull over. The motorcyclist then turned his turn signal off, looked in both his mirrors, and increased his speed. The motorcyclist then initiated a pursuit through the city streets of Summerville.” The motorcyclist reached speeds well over 100 MPH in a posted 35 MPH zone while running red lights through the city of Summerville. According to the report, the motorcyclist drove very recklessly. The motorcyclist was wearing a blue jean jacket with a Pagan’s logo. Pagan’s is an outlaw motorcycle club. While southbound on GA-1 toward Floyd County, the motorcyclist reached speeds well over 120 mph while driving on the wrong side of the roadway head-on toward vehicles. The motorcyclist passed in a no-passing zone and, while driving on the wrong side of the roadway, almost struck another vehicle head-on. While in Floyd County, Trooper Capehart attempted to channel the motorcycle several times, but the channelization was unsuccessful, and the motorcyclist was able to pass, increasing his speed. The pursuit continued southbound toward Rome with speeds still over 100 mph. The motorcyclist made a right turn onto GA-1 Loop, traveling westbound. The motorcyclist again started to swerve towards the trooper’s patrol vehicle. The troopers tried to box in the motorcyclist, but both attempts were unsuccessful. While on GA 1 Loop at Redmond Road, the motorcyclist ran the red light and made a U-turn. The motorcyclist then turned right onto Redmond Road. While the motorcyclist was turning right onto Redmond Road, a Floyd County PD Officer made contact with the motorcycle. The motorcyclist increased his speed traveling east on Redmond Road, now increasing his reckless acts, driving on the wrong side of the road head-on at other vehicles. Trooper Capehart reported, “In my mind, the extremely reckless acts, the disregard of his own life and the disregard of the motoring public, driving on the wrong side of the road head-on at other vehicles while in blind curves, the motorcyclist was going to kill someone or himself. As the motorcyclist entered the turning lane, he slowed way down as he struck the raised concrete curb and almost came to a stop.” Trooper Capehart conducted a channelization maneuver and struck the motorcyclist, who fled on foot. The motorcyclist, identified as Steven Paul Wilson, 37, of Flomaton, AL, ran right into Sgt. Harris, where he was taken into custody. Wilson advised troopers he thought it would be fun to flee GSP. Floyd County deputies located a loaded firearm and cocaine in his possession. Wilson was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with felony fleeing, possession of a gun during a felony, possession of cocaine felony, DUI multiple substances, speeding, reckless driving, and a list of traffic charges.
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