Trio from South Carolina arrested on felony drug charges after trooper ends pursuit on I-75 with PIT
According to a crash report from the Georgia State Patrol, on Tuesday, July 21st, 2020, at around 11:11 PM, a 2008 Mazda CX-9 being driven by Nathan James Stevenson, 29 of South Carolina was actively fleeing from, a marked Georgia State Patrol vehicle driven by TFC Cantrell Northbound on I-75 near exit 350 (GA-2). Trooper Cantrell had his emergency blue lights and siren activated. Stevenson was in the left lane, and the trooper was in the middle lane. Trooper Cantrell performed a PIT Maneuver (Precision Immobilization Technique) on Mazda in an attempt to end the pursuit. The front push bumper of the Patrol vehicle made contact with the right rear door, wheel, and bumper of the Mazda. The PIT Maneuver forced the Mazda to rotate clockwise. The Mazda came to a stop in the right lane of I-75 northbound facing west. The incident was video recorded on Patrol Dashcam. Photographs were taken by Cpl. Best who investigated the crash. No repairs were needed to the patrol car, only minor scuffs to the push bumper. Stevenson was arrested and booked into the Catoosa County Jail charged with speeding, speeding through a construction zone, marijuana-possess less than 1 oz., possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects, open container in vehicle, fleeing and attempting elude, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and several other pursuit related charges. Passengers Charlie Kidwell, 39 and Destiney Kidwell, 17 both of Round O, South Carolina, were both booked into the Catoosa County Jail charged with marijuana-possess less than 1 oz., possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects, and open container in vehicle. Michelle Owens 22, of Round O, South Carolina, was also in the vehicle. Stevenson was the only occupant injured and suffered minor injuries.