Felon wanted for chase last month in Whitfield County found in possession of stolen gun and meth
Felon wanted for chase last month in Whitfield County found in possession of stolen gun and meth. According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Friday, September 11th, 2020, at approximately 11:36 AM, a deputy who was traveling Southbound on South Dixie Highway near Corporate Drive observed a silver 2001 BMW with a black convertible fail to maintain lane. The deputy also observed the vehicle's passenger-side brake light to be inoperable while approaching the South bypass and South Dixie intersection. The deputy reported that he recognized the vehicle from previous encounters. The driver Jacob Preston Sanders, 26 of Resaca had also fled on foot while law enforcement was searching the area earlier that week for a wanted Texas fugitive. The deputy was able to positively identified Sanders as the driver of the BMW since the driver side window was down. Sanders looked back to see if the deputy was following him. The deputy followed Sanders to the dead-end of Wells Drive to the apartments attempting to initiate a traffic stop. The deputy attempted to position his vehicle to the rear of Sanders. Before the deputy could activate his emergency equipment lights, Sanders accelerated his vehicle at a high rate of speed onto the roadway from the parking lot without stopping. Sanders lost control of his vehicle, fishtailing back and forth several times, attempting to regain control. The deputy observed Sanders run the stop sign at Wells Drive and Crown Lake Drive. Sanders reached speeds exceeding 60 MPH on in a posted 30 MPH zone. Sanders was observed driving on the left side of the roadway and nearly struck a jack knifed CMV with a tanker attempting to back into its destination. Sanders left the roadway to avoid striking the CMV and ran another stop sign driving into oncoming traffic. Sanders nearly hit a yellow CMV while driving head-on southbound in the northbound lanes on South Dixie Highway. Sanders was within eye sight of Valley Point Middle School during school hours and driving with no regard for the public's safety. Lt. Gibson advised the deputy to terminate the pursuit. Warrants related to the pursuit were obtained for Sanders. According to a separate incident report, on Tuesday, October 7th, 2020, at approximately 11:26 AM, The same deputy was patrolling the area of West Nance Springs Road when he observed the BMW parked to the right of the residence of 405 West Nance Springs Road. The registration number displayed, returned through GCIC as a stolen license plate belonging to a 1992 Ford Ranger. After arriving at the residence, deputies made contact with Anthony Calvin Mills, who was waiting outside in the drive way. Deputies also made contact with Benjamin Barnett. A deputy asked Barnett if he knew who's BMW was in the driveway. Barnett appeared to be very nervous when responding, hesitating to answer, with frantic body movement. Barnett stated Jake as he thought as if he were not sure or confused. Deputies advised Barnett that the owner had outstanding warrants for his arrest and that if he was not truthful about him being in the residence, he would be charged as well. Barnett stated several times he would check the residence for the owner. The deputy asked for consent to enter the residence with Barnett, who stated, "Sure, walk in with me." Upon entering the residence, the deputy observed a male in a blue hoodie, later identified as Blake Quinn, lying on a couch in the living room sleeping with a small plastic baggie containing methamphetamine, next to his knee. The deputy also observed a second plastic baggie with meth on an adjacent unoccupied couch. Deputies detained Barnett and Quinn, placing them in handcuffs. Deputies located Sanders lying on a couch inside a room. Deputies took Sanders into custody, placing him in handcuffs. Deputies checked a closet door in the room for anyone else and observed large Marijuana plants inside the closet. A deputy located a clear cylinder tube in Sanders's left groin pocket containing a Methamphetamine. A deputy also located a loaded Glock 19 in Sanders waistband. The Serial Number that was displayed returned through GCIC as stolen through Dekalb County, Georgia. The on-call Narcotics Investigator was notified and a search warrant was obtained on the residence. Both Quinn and Sanders were transported to the Whitfield County Jail and booked. Quinn was charged with failure to appear and possession of methamphetamine. Sanders was charged with misdemeanor fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer; misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property; possession of meth; failure to maintain lane; no operating brake lights or signal devices; possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a felony; possession and use of drug-related objects; failure to stop/yield when emerging from alley, driveway or building; failure to stop at a stop sign; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; failure to maintain lane/driving on the wrong side of the road; driving too fast for conditions; operating without correct registration; passing in a no-passing zone; and reckless driving. According to online Georgia Department of corrections records, Sanders has a lengthy criminal history with including drug and aggravated assault charges. As of Monday, Sanders remains in the Whitfield County Jail without bond.