Indiana man facing slew of charges after high-speed chase ends in fiery crash in Whitfield Co.
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at approximately 1:09 AM, the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office advised that they were in a pursuit with a grey GMC Terrain with Ohio tag I-75 Southbound. They advised that they were requesting Georgia State Patrol assistance. The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office advised that the fleeing vehicle exited onto GA 3 (Highway 41) and that they were traveling northbound towards Georgia State Trooper Day's location. TFC Day observed the fleeing vehicle, without its headlights on, traveling at a high rate of speed on GA 3 near King Road. TFC Day joined the pursuit with the Catoosa County Deputy. TFC Day observed the driver, who was later identified as Marcellus Shane Jr., 25, of Indianapolis IN, operating the 2020 GMC Terrain rental in a reckless manner to avoid apprehension. TFC Day took over the pursuit and advised Troop A Radio Room that Shane was willfully refusing to stop. Due to the recklessness and total disregard of how Shane was operating the vehicle TFC Day determined that he needed to be stopped as soon as possible. TFC Day attempted to set up for the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) on the driver side rear quarter panel of Shane's vehicle but speeds were reaching 121 MPH. Due to the excessive speed, objects located on the shoulder of the roadway and for the safety of the suspect TFC Day requested stop sticks from the Tunnel Hill Police Department. At this time, Shane then attempted to perform an u-turn to travel back towards I-75. With Shane traveling at a much safer speed, TFC Day placed his passenger side front push bumper against the driver side rear quarter panel of Shane's vehicle in an attempt to stop the pursuit. The impact caused the vehicle to rotate counterclockwise into the southbound lanes of GA 3. While Shane was attempting to regain control of the vehicle, TFC was able to get a clear look at the face of Shane. Shane regained control of the vehicle, and he began accelerating between my patrol unit and the Whitfield County patrol units who were assisting. Shane continued to travel at a high rate of speed before attempting to turn right onto Hunt Road. According to the crash report, Shane was traveling too fast to complete the turn, and he failed to maintain his lane as he traveled off the roadway onto the left shoulder of Hunt Road. The vehicle traveled down the embankment where hit the ground with the front and undercarriage of the vehicle. This impact caused the vehicle to catch on fire. Shane exited the vehicle leaving the passenger identified as Deja A. Williams, 27, of IN in the vehicle. Shane began running on foot towards the wood line near Rogers Lane. Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Lt. Lowery and TFC Day pursed Shane on foot. They lost visual of him in the dense brush. The Whitfield County Fire Department responded to the scene and put the fire out. The search of the vehicle located a small clear plastic bag inside the center console with Marijuana inside. The passenger Williams was placed under arrest by Catoosa County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Cunningham. At approximately 4:25 AM, Deputy Townsend with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office advised that he had located Shane at GA 3 and Tibbs Road. Deputy Townsend advised that Shane had contacted an Uber in an attempt to leave the area. A checked of Shane through GCIC showed he had several warrants through the state of Indiana and that his licenses were suspended. Shane was transported to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office charged with felony fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, willful obstruction of law officers, speeding, failure to maintain lane, improper lane change or usage (two counts), improper U-turns, failure to use lights when lighted headlights or other lights are required, reckless driving, giving false information to a law officer, driving while license is suspended or revoked, driving too fast for conditions and unlawful use of a central lane.