Motorcyclist arrested for 2022 150 mph pursuit on Hwy 151 in Walker County

According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Sunday, September 18th, 2022, at 2:34 PM, while patrolling the area of Highway 151 at Halls Valley Road, Deputy Fouts observed a 2010 Honda SBR with a scratched-off VIN and no tag. The motorcycle was traveling southbound on Highway 151 at a high rate of speed. Deputy Fouts reported, “[I] estimated the speed to be around 100 mph in a 55 mph zone. [I] observed the motorcycle to not have a tag on it. [I] attempted to catch up with the motorcycle and found him passing vehicles in oncoming lanes. [I] had already activated my emergency equipment to catch up to the motorcycle. [I] caught up to the motorcycle as he approached the intersection of Hwy 151 and Hwy 27. He acted as if he was going to turn north on Hwy 27 but continued straight across. He then turned north into the southbound lanes of travel. [I] then followed him, and he acted as if he was going to turn north into the northbound lanes. He instead turned south into the northbound lanes. As soon as [I] was south of the medians, [I] went back into the southbound lanes of travel. The suspect watched me do this and flipped around at the Chattooga County line, and headed back northbound. He turned northbound on Hwy 151. He then passed several vehicles in no-passing zones and sped in excess of 150 mph in a 55 mph zone. We continued northbound on Hwy 151, maintaining speeds between 120-140 mph. According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, Trooper Sarrell and Trooper Townsend took over the pursuit at Highway 95 as the pursuit continued northbound on Highway 151 into Catoosa County. With the assistance of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Whitfield located the motorcycle after the driver abandoned it at the Tennessee state line. Deputy Fouts was then sent a picture of the motorcycle and motorcyclist that fled by Rossville Police Department Officer Galyon. The pictures were taken from his Facebook, and he was identified as Joseph Ryan Broome, 23, of Thomas Road, Trion, GA. Deputy Fouts advised everything matched the motorcyclist that had fled from him, and warrants were taken out for his arrest. On May 19th, 2023, Broome was arrested and booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with felony fleeing, reckless driving, speeding, improper passing on the left, driving on the wrong side, removing tag to conceal identity of vehicle, and driving without valid license.

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