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Whitfield County deputy ends 100 mph pursuit with PIT maneuver, Resaca man facing several charges

Updated: Oct 1

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office report, on September 21st, 2020, at around 6:50 PM, a deputy initiated a traffic stop I-75 southbound at the 328 exit on a blue Nissan Altima by the request of the Whitfield County Narcotics Unit. Dispatch advised. The deputy also observed the Altima fail to maintain while on I-75. It was later discovered that the driver, Thad Johnson Baldwin Jr, 36 of Resaca, had a suspended license and a warrant for his arrest through Dalton PD for failure to appear. The deputy initiated his emergency lights and siren at the 328 exit. The vehicle exited and started to increase speed continuing south on South Dug Gap Road. The deputy advised dispatch that he was currently in a high-speed chase. Baldwin increased his speeds to over 100 MPH, failing to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, and improperly passing vehicles. During this time, the pursuing deputy could see the rear end of the vehicle sliding out from behind itself numerous times. The deputy advised that Baldwin was extremely reckless, and that was going to have to use the PIT maneuver. The deputy was in fear for the safety of the motoring public due to Baldwin's complete disregard for anyone else. Due to no traffic in both directions on South Dug Gap Road, the deputy initiated a PIT while in the straightaway at approximately 100 MPH. The PIT was successful, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and go backwards through a ditch. The vehicle did not strike any CMV trailers parked in the parking lot and came rest against a Dalton Utilities Power Pole. The deputy requested EMS to the scene. Two deputies initiated a felony takedown on the Baldwin. As the back door opened, the deputy could see Baldwin was laying with the upper half of his body the back seat with his legs in the front passenger seat. Baldwin also had lacerations on his left forearm from impact and was yelling in pain but seemed to have control over all of his extremities. Baldwin was not using his seat belt while fleeing in the vehicle. EMS arrived and transported Baldwin to Hamilton Medical Center due to his injuries. The Dalton utility power pole that was struck was extremely damaged due to the impact at the base of the pole by the vehicle. Baldwin was cited for no insurance, driving while license suspended, fleeing to elude, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, reckless driving, center lane violation, and seatbelt violation. This case was turned over to a detective. According to reports Baldwin was arrested on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 charged with DUI after nearly striking a Dalton Police Officer.