Tennessee men arrested after high-speed chase with trooper on I-75 in Catoosa County Wednesday night
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, at approximately 8:36 PM, TFC Capehart was on routine patrol on Interstate 75 northbound around mile marker 343 in Catoosa County. Trooper Capehart observed a 2020 Nissan Altima traveling 89 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. The trooper performed a traffic stop on the vehicle northbound at mile marker 343. While approaching the vehicle to explain the reason for the traffic stop, the driver later identified as John L Boyd, 23 of Tennessee, took off from the traffic stop traveling northbound on Interstate 75. The trooper went back to his patrol vehicle and activated all my emergency equipment. Boyd began traveling in and out of traffic, changing lanes in a reckless manner. The trooper advised Troop A dispatch that he was in pursuit. Boyd was observed changing lanes at the last second, almost striking other vehicles on the roadway. Boyd reached speeds over 130 MPH in a posted 60 MPH construction zone while actively fleeing from the trooper. Boyd exited at mile marker 348, passing another vehicle on the exit ramp shoulder, almost striking the vehicle. Boyd showed no due regard and ran a red light at the intersection of GA-151 and I-75. Boyd then continued northbound onto Interstate 75. Boyd continued to improperly change lanes in front of other vehicles in a reckless manner. Boyd exited Interstate 75 northbound at mile marker 350 and again traveled onto the shoulder to pass a slower vehicle. Boyd still driving reckless ran the red light at GA-2 and I-75, traveling west on GA-2. Boyd made an improper u-turn crossing a gore area and then began traveling east on GA-2. Boyd ran another red light at GA-2 and I-75, turning left onto the entrance ramp 350 traveling northbound. Due to the Boyd showing no due regard, the reckless manner in how he was driving, the crashes Boyd about caused, the trooper decided that the entrance ramp was the best and safest location to terminate the pursuit. As the trooper was attempting to set up for the pit maneuver, Boyd suddenly slammed on his brakes, causing the trooper to strike his vehicle. For the safety of others, the trooper proceeded to use his patrol vehicle to push this vehicle off the roadway in the ditch to terminate the pursuit. The trooper then exited his patrol vehicle conducting a felony takedown. While pulling the Boyd out of the vehicle, there was a very strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. Both Boyd and his passenger identified Joshua Lackey, 31 of Tennessee were taken into custody. Boyd advised he took off because he was scared. While searching the vehicle troopers found multiple packages in the passenger floorboard and the driver's seat containing substance believed to be marijuana. In the center console of the vehicle, troopers found a set of digital scales. Lackey advised the trooper I'm not going to lie "I smoke it." Boyd advised the trooper he had been smoking marijuana. Boyd advised, "I like to smoke it like y'all like to drink." The trooper read Georgia Implied Consent from the green card for suspects 21 and over and requested a state blood test. Boyd would not give the trooper a yes or a no. An NCIC check found that Lackey had a warrant out of Hamilton County. Troop A Communications confirmed the warrant, and a hold was requested by Hamilton County to be placed on Lackey. Trooper Cantrell and Catoosa County Deputy Biar transported Boyd and Lackey to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office and released them to the jail staff. Lackey was booked into the Hamilton County Jail Friday on warrants for vandalism/malicious mischief, aggravated assault domestic, domestic assault.