Nashville woman arrested after trooper ends dangerous 120 mph pursuit with PIT on I-75 in Bartow Co.
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, at approximately 10:50 PM. Trooper Bullock was on I-75 south near mile marker 315 in Gordon County. Trooper Bullock observed a blue Toyota Camry traveling above the posted speed limit. Trooper Bullock reported, "[I] visually estimated the speed a 90MPH and [I] checked the Toyota at 92 MPH with my rear RADAR antenna. The Toyota accelerated and was then checked at 99 MPH. The driver, later identified as Jermia Price, 25 of Nashville, TN, refused to slow or stop and initiated a pursuit at a high rate of speed. Price traveled at speeds in excess of 120 MPH, made multiple unsafe lane changes, and failed to maintain her lane. The pursuit entered Bartow County, where Price continued to flee in a reckless manner and very high speeds. Price would turn her headlights and taillights off. Trooper Bullock reported, "The driver showed no due regard for the public or herself." "By the highs speeds and reckless disregard shown by the driver, I felt that officer safety prohibited the use of stop sticks (tire deflating device) to stop the vehicle." Trooper Bullock reported. The pursuit passed Trooper Mason, who was waiting at mile marker 296. Trooper Mason joined the pursuit to assist TFC Bullock. Trooper Mason took over the radio traffic. Trooper Bullock reported, "Due to the roadway conditions and the drivers reckless driving, the pursuit became increasingly dangerous." "To safeguard life and preserve public safety, the fleeing vehicle needed to be stopped immediately." "There were not enough units nor trained units in the pursuit to perform a "Box in." Trooper Bullock performed The Precision Immobilization Technique. The trooper was able to make contact and complete a successful Precision Immobilization Technique. Price lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway, traveling into a wooded area. After running off the roadway, the vehicle struck several trees. Trooper Mason called for an ambulance, while both troopers drew their department-issued firearms and gave loud verbal commands. Both troopers were able to detain and arrest all occupants. The driver Jermia Price, the front seat passenger Maurisha Jones, 23 of Madison, Tennessee and the back-seat passenger Alexa Frierson, 24 of Nashville, were all transported to Cartersville Medical Center. After Price's Miranda Warning was read, she stated that she was driving during the pursuit. She also stated the reason why she fled was because she flees from police in her hometown. She stated when Nashville City Police (Tennessee) attempted to stop her, she accelerates and flees. She said that the police units would then stop "chasing" her. She stated she has done it multiple times and even multiple times in one day. Price was booked into the Gordon County Jail charged with Felony fleeing, speeding, reckless driving, and use of safety belts.