Call of suspicious vehicle leads to brief pursuit with entering auto suspect in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On October 23rd, 2022, at 1:30 AM, Sgt Ward was dispatched to 2692 Callier Spring Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Sgt. Ward was alerted to the silver Chevrolet Malibu with Texas tags. According to the report, “The vehicle was backed in next to the mailboxes, in the dark, and the 911 caller informed him that the vehicle backed all the way up across the parking lot. The caller did see a subject wearing all black walk into the woods, then later heard a car alarm going off.” Sgt. Ward reported, “[I] ran the tag on the vehicle and looked inside. [I] noticed an open container in the cup holder and also a black “family saving” bank card for who [I] thought was Tristan King. [I] advised the complainant that [I] was going to check the area for the subject on foot. Sgt. Ward pulled across the street and sat in the parking lot of the country club, and blacked out. The plan was to see someone walking to the car and check out with them. Sgt. Ward reported, “After sitting there for several minutes. [I] see lights from behind the building and notice a car turn right and the right again on Dodd Blvd. When [I] noticed it was the suspicious vehicle, [I] pulled out behind it and activated my blue lights. The vehicle did not stop and [I] activated my siren, and at that time, the vehicle accelerated south on Dodd Blvd. The vehicle made a left turn into Callier Forrest apartments at a high rate of speed. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed through the parking lot at approximately 50-60 miles per hour. [I] did not drive at those speeds due to my knowledge of the amount of foot traffic, people outside, and amount of vehicles in the complex. [I] followed behind, and as [I] made a turn, [I] noticed the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road. The driver abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot.” Sgt. Ward observed a bank card inside the vehicle that had the name, Tristan Kirk. Floyd 911 advised the name returned to Tristan Andrew Kirk, 22, of Cedartown. Sgt. Ward located the plastic bag that the male was seen walking with and found approximately six grams of marijuana inside. There were also several empty bags and several empty packs of cannabis or synthetic marijuana. There was also a grinder in the driver floorboard. Officers also located a “splat r gun” in the back seat in a box and a large Barnett camo crossbow with several arrows. The vehicle was empty other than that due to it being a rental car. During a further investigation by Officer Surrett learned that the splat gun and large Barnett camo crossbow were stolen in an entering auto. Warrants were eventually taken for Kirk, and he was arrested in Polk County and then booked into the Floyd County Jail on November 14th, charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of marijuana, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, driving while license suspended or revoked, entering automobile or another motor vehicle with intent to commit theft or felony, and open container violation.

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