High-speed pursuit of stolen Mustang ends in double fatality crash on I-75 in Catoosa Co.
From the Georgia State Patrol: On June 4, at approximately 11:35 p.m., GSP Post 5 was notified of a double fatality resulting from a pursuit Catoosa County SO and Ringgold PD had been involved with in reference to a stolen car. A 2005 Mustang was stolen from the Circle K located at Battlefield Parkway and I-75. Responding units from Ringgold PD and Catoosa SO spotted the stolen Ford Mustang at Battlefield Parkway and Smitherman Road. As the patrol units attempted to stop the vehicle the subject initiated a pursuit. The Ford Mustang entered I-75 north at Battlefield Parkway at a high rate of speed. The Ford Mustang, according to the pursuing officers was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed and driving very reckless. The Ford Mustang continued northbound on I-75 and pulled away from both of the patrol units. As the Ford Mustang approached mile marker 353 it was traveling well over 100 miles per hour. According to the roadway evidence, the Ford Mustang was traveling in the left northbound travel lane. The Ford Mustang attempted to change lanes from the left travel lane to the middle lane when it struck a Dodge Ram pickup in the rear. The impact caused the Dodge Ram pickup to veer to the left crossing the left northbound travel and careen across the center median guardrail and enter the southbound lanes of I-75. The Dodge Ram pickup rolled over several times before coming to final rest on its right side, in the left and middle travel lanes of I-75 southbound, facing west. After impact, the Ford Mustang traveled from the middle lane of I-75 northbound across the right lane, and on to the east paved shoulder. The Ford Mustang continued northbound and re-entered the northbound lanes of I-75. As the Ford Mustang entered back onto the roadway, the unrestrained driver was ejected from the vehicle. The Ford Mustang came to final rest in the middle travel lane of I-75 northbound facing north. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The Catoosa County Coroner will notify the next of kin. (Contributed photo)