Dalton man charged with warrants related to November chase and crash in Whitfield County
According to two Whitfield County Sheriff's Office reports On Friday, November 22nd, 2019, at approximately 12:27 AM, Whitfield County Deputy Townsend was traveling northbound on South Tibbs Road when he observed a 2006 GMC sierra begin to lose control and leave the roadway. At this point, the deputy activated his emergency vehicle equipment. The offender vehicle then drove in front of the patrol vehicle and accelerated at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle passed in front of Deputy Townsend's patrol vehicle, he observed the driver be a Hispanic or white male with long dark hair. As Deputy Townsend was attempting to turn his vehicle around, he observed the offender vehicle loose traction and fishtail as it was traveling south on South Tibbs Road. Once Deputy Townsend was turned around, he proceeded to try and catch up to the vehicle. The offender vehicle then failed to stop at the red light at the intersection of South Tibbs Road and West Walnut Avenue. The deputy reported that the traffic conditions during this time were medium, and the surface on the roadway was also wet. The offender vehicle then used a lane designated to go straight to pass two vehicles that were sitting in the turning lane, waiting to turn left. After the vehicle made the left hand turn, it then turned into the parking lot of Walgreens located at the corner of West Walnut Avenue and Dug Gap Road, proceeding to drive towards the back. By the time the pursuing deputy reached the back of the business, the offender vehicle had turned south on Dug Gap Road. The pursuing deputy proceeded south on Dug Gap Road but lost visual of the offender vehicle. According to a separate incident report later that same day at 11:15 PM Dispatch received information regarding a possible intoxicated driver in the 800 block of Katlau Drive the vehicle description given by dispatch matched the description of the vehicle that fled from Deputy Townsend that morning. When Deputy Townsend arrived in the area and made a left hand turn onto Sourwood Drive from West Dug Gap Mountain Road, he observed the offender vehicle stop at the stop sign and then turn right onto West Dug Gap Mtn. Road. By the time Deputy Townsend was able to get his vehicle turned around, he was unable to locate the offender vehicle; during this time, Deputy Millsaps arrived in the area to assist. While attempting to locate the vehicle, dispatch advised that a motor vehicle accident had occurred on Threadmill Road and the vehicle involved matched that description of the offender vehicle. When Deputy Townsend arrived on the scene, he observed a black GMC Sierra truck in the ditch; the driver was not on the scene. The vehicle had struck a tree, which resulted in severe damage to the front of the truck. The tag displayed on the truck returned to 2006 GMC Sierra with suspended registration and unknown insurance status, the vehicle was registered to Tyler Whitt Horne, 29, of Dalton. During this time, a resident at on Hemlock Street had contacted dispatch and advised that a subject later identified by them as Horne showed up at the residence asking to use the phone. The occupants in the house stated that they observed a Horne come onto the property asking to use a phone and stated that he had been in an accident. They stated that Horne made the comment that he was intoxicated. All occupants stated that they could smell alcohol on Horne. The homeowner was shown a photograph of Horne; he stated that was the male that came to the residence. Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate Horne. During the vehicle inventory, two empty 16 oz Michelob Ultra cans were located. Warrants were issued for offenses of failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions, suspended registration, reckless driving, fleeing to elude (Felony), and failure to obey a traffic control device. Horne was arrested and charged on those warrants last week.