Felon found in possession of stolen gun and trafficking meth after high-speed chase in Whitfield Co.
According to a Whitfield County sheriff's office incident report, on October 11th, 2020, at approximately 4:15 AM, a deputy initiated a traffic stop at Beaverdale Road and Lake Francis Road on a silver Dodge Dakota with Tennessee Tag. The reason for the stop was due to the vehicle traveling over the yellow line while driving. The vehicle later identified to be driven by Adam Cross, 34 of Dalton, continued traveling northbound on Beaverdale. Cross passed a gas station and several side roads where he could have safely stopped. The deputy activated his siren and advised dispatch a pursuit had been initiated. Due to the driving offense, the deputy believed Cross to be under the influence of something to the point that he was less safe to drive. During the pursuit, Cross continued north on Beaverdale Road at speeds reaching at least 94mph in a 50mph zone. The vehicle also drove in the wrong lane of travel for a large portion of the pursuit. It lost control at least twice and began "fishtailing" due to its speed and wet road conditions. Cross failed to stop at the stop sign at Beaverdale Road and Highway 2, completely disregarding potential traffic and turning toward Murray County. Approximately one mile into Murray County, the deputy performed a PIT maneuver on the passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle lost control and came to a stop on the side of Highway 2. Deputies exited their patrol vehicle, held cover, and placed Cross into custody. Cross was advised of his Miranda Rights. Cross stated he understood and would speak. Cross advised he ran due to having an outstanding warrant. Cross stated he had not been drinking but that he had smoked marijuana approximately two prior to driving. Deputies found a clear baggy containing pink and orange colored pills that were MDMA. Deputies also found marijuana. Both of these items were located in Cross's front right pocket. Cross also advised deputies that he had a .32cal pistol in the truck. Cross also advised he was a convicted felon. Cross also told them that he had smoked methamphetamine approximately two hours prior as well. Deputies located a Glock 19 behind the middle bench seat of the truck. When run through dispatch, the handgun came back as stolen. Deputies also located a Mcdonald's bag in the floorboard that contained approximately $1700. A tan bag with a zipper that contained plastic baggies were also found behind the driver seat, and a vacuum food sealer was found in the passenger seat area. The ammo can contained suspected methamphetamine inside Ziploc bags. The substance appeared to be methamphetamine. Cross was booked into the Whitfield County Jail charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property, trafficking meth, possession of meth, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of a schedule 4 drug, possession of a schedule 1 drug, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, DUI, felony probation violation, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, misdemeanor fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane/driving on the wrong side of the road and speeding. Cross remains in the Whitfield County Jail with no bond.