According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Wednesday, September 20th, 2023, at 9:24 PM, Deputy Bingiel was sitting stationary in the area of Owens Gin Road and Pine Chapel Road when he observed a motorcycle with no functioning tag lights. According to the report, “Deputy Bingiel was able to get behind the motorcycle near the intersection of West Pine Chapel Road and Highway 225, at which time Deputy Bingiel observed the motorcycle accelerate and fail to stop at the stop sign at Highway 225. Deputy Bingiel initiated his lights and sirens in an attempt to perform a traffic stop on the motorcycle. The motorcycle began accelerating away from Deputy Bingiel, failing to yield to his emergency lights and sirens. Deputy Bingiel advised dispatch that he was in pursuit of the motorcycle, and the motorcycle continually failed to maintain a single lane. Deputy Bingiel continued to give chase, observing the motorcycle pass a pedestrian in a no-passing zone, which placed the public at risk of their safety and health. Deputy Bingiel pursued the motorcycle at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, which is in excess of the posted speed limit.” The motorcyclist continued to flee, driving extremely recklessly the wrong way on Highway 225. The motorcyclist continued onto College Street, accelerating at a high rate of speed, once again exceeding the posted speed limit by traveling approximately 75 mph in a posted 25 mph zone. While approaching the intersection of College Street and East Line Street, the motorcyclist lost control and crashed. The motorcyclist, later identified as Russell Claude Stevens, 35, of Calhoun, attempted to flee on foot from the crash. Officers gave chase on foot and took Stevens into custody. The motorcycle was found to be stolen out of Kentucky. Stevens was transported to the Gordon County Jail, where he was booked and charged with felony fleeing, felony theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, removing or affixing license plate for purpose of concealing identity, speeding, reckless driving, driving on wrong side of roadway, too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at stop sign, and driving while license suspended.
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