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Resaca man facing felonies after high-speed chase on stolen motorcycle ends in Whitfield County

Updated: May 10

According to a Gordon County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 at approximately 11:42 PM a deputy with the Gordon County Sheriff's Office Uniformed Patrol Division witnessed a black 2011 Yamaha R6 motorcycle driven by Todd Randall Griffin, 40 of Resaca run through the stop sign at Resaca-Lafayette Road. The motorcycle then turned left onto Battlefield Parkway at a high rate of speed. The deputy paced the motorcycle at approximately 80 mph in a 45mph zone. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on the motorcycle on Battlefield Parkway at Confederate Cemetery Road with lights and sirens activated Griffin continued to accelerate to speeds up to 112 mph in a 45 mph zone. The deputy notified Gordon County E-911 Dispatch that he was in a vehicle pursuit with the motorcycle. The deputy advised dispatch to notify Georgia State Patrol and Whitfield County E-911 Dispatch. Griffin continued into Whitfield County on U.S. Highway 41 northbound. The pursuit continued on U.S. 41 North to the South U.S. Highway 76 Bypass, where they turned right and headed eastbound. Griffin continued in his attempt to evade the deputy using excessive speed and illegal passing. Griffin then turned right onto U.S. Highway 76, heading east where Whitfield County Deputies then joined the pursuit. Griffin then turned left onto Lower Dawnville Road headed north. Griffin continued driving reckless, reaching speeds near 110 mph until he approached Dawnville Beaverdale Road, where he turned left continuing north. The deputy was advised by the shift supervisor to terminate the pursuit at Dawnville Beaverdale Road and Bowers Road. The deputy turned off his emergency equipment and turned onto Bowers Road to allow other deputies to continue pursuing. A few minutes, the deputy was advised that Griffin had wrecked the motorcycle in the front yard of a residence at 1765 Dawnville Beaverdale Road. The deputy arrived on scene and made contact with several Whitfield County Deputies. Griffin was given his Miranda Warning searched and handcuffed. Approximately six grams of weed was located on Griffin. The deputy transported Griffin to Gordon County Advent Hospital to be evaluated and screened for COVID-19. After arriving at the hospital, Griffin refused treatment or screening and was then transported to the Gordon County Jail and placed in quarantine. The deputy learned the motorcycle involved in the pursuit was stolen. The motorcycle was stored at the Gordon County Jail Sally Port. The deputy applied for state warrants for speeding, possession of Marijuana less 1 oz, felony theft by receiving property stolen in another state, expired tag, failure to stop for stop Sign, no insurance, felony fleeing attempting to elude, reckless driving and driving while license suspended or revoked.