Trooper ends 100 mph pursuit of Atlanta man with PIT on I-75 in Whitfield County
According to the Georgia State Patrol, on May 11th, 2020, at approximately 5:23 PM, Trooper Whitfield was on routine patrol in a stationary position on Interstate 75 south at the weigh station near mile marker 345 in Catoosa County. The trooper heard Catoosa County dispatch give out a BOLO for a grey Mercury passenger vehicle heading southbound on Interstate 75 passing mile marker 353. The vehicle was speeding and driving recklessly. The trooper observed the vehicle later identified to be driven by Royalty Farsh, 49 of Atlanta traveling at a high rate of speed driving recklessly and weaving in and out of traffic. The trooper confirmed with my state-issued LIDAR unit that the vehicle was traveling 100 mph in a 70 mph zone. The trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop near mile marker 342. Farsh did not yield and continued at 100 mph. Farsh continued to flee driving recklessly and changing lanes erratically. Farsh nearly struck numerous vehicles and a semi-tractor trailer. The driver crossed over into Whitfield County. The trooper confirmed Farsh was traveling 110 mph on a 70 mph zone using his patrol vehicle radar. Farsh continued to place the other vehicles on the roadway in immediate danger. Trooper Whitfield stated, "Due to the speeds of the pursuit and the amount of traffic on the roadway, [I] knew that a box-in maneuver and stop sticks were not a safe option." "[I] observed a break in traffic and a safe area and performed a PIT maneuver near mile marker 329." The vehicle left the right side of the roadway and came to a stop on the grassy part of the shoulder. Trooper Whitfield stated, "[I] exited my patrol vehicle and pointed my state-issued handgun at the driver." The trooper gave the driver loud verbal commands to show his hands, which Farsh did not comply. Farsh pointed to his chest, telling the trooper to shoot him. The trooper talked with Farsh and advised he did not want to shoot him. Farsh exited the vehicle and again pounded on his chest, advising the trooper to shoot him. At this time, TFC Cochran arrived on scene assisting with placing Farsh in handcuffs. EMS responded and checked the condition of Farsh. Farsh had an odor of marijuana about his person. Farsh also stated that he lives in his car. Farch refused to speak and refused Implied Consent by shaking his head no. Farsh was transported to the Catoosa County Jail charged with Felony fleeing, reckless driving, DUI, and other traffic violations in both Catoosa and Whitfield County.