Woman arrested after leading trooper on reckless chase in stolen vehicle Friday in Walker County
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on Friday, May 23rd, 2020, at approximately 10:59 PM, Trooper King was traveling southbound in the inside lane of GA 1. The trooper observed a Chevrolet Equinox traveling southbound in the far-right lane with its right turn signal still active. The vehicle passed Kay Conley Road, and approached GA 95, without making a right turn. Trooper King checked the vehicle’s speed using his front radar, and the vehicle was traveling at 62 miles per hour in 45 miles per hour zone. The driver later identified Alecia Driggins, 36 of Chattanooga, as was failing to maintain her lane, drifting left and right from the white striped lane divider. At approximately 11:00 PM, Trooper King attempted to perform a traffic stop Driggins on GA 1 near Bicentennial Trail. Driggins disregarded the troopers patrol vehicle’s emergency equipment and initiated a pursuit. Driggins fled southbound on GA 1 in a highly reckless manner, consistently failing to maintain lane into oncoming traffic. Trooper King reported, "determining that there was an immediate need to stop the reckless vehicle, I attempted to terminate the pursuit by using the precision immobilization technique on the fleeing vehicle." The initial attempt was performed in the continuous turn lane, south of Bicentennial Trail. The vehicle spun-out on GA 1 and rotated in a clockwise manner. Driggins regained control of the vehicle and continued to flee southbound. The fleeing vehicle almost made contact with two innocent vehicles that were traveling in the far-right lane of GA 1 North. Trooper King reported, "While the fleeing vehicle was in the wrong lane of travel, I repositioned my patrol car to perform a second pit maneuver." "Driggins made frequent brake-checks while jerking the steering wheel of the vehicle to-and-away from my patrol car to avoid the pit." Trooper King repositioned his patrol car for a third attempt near Mile Marker 12. The vehicle made a sudden hard brake and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and crashed into GA 1 southbound ditch. After the crash, the Driggins crawled out of the driver’s side of the vehicle before the trooper was able to exit his patrol car. Driggins refused Georgia Implied Consent. CPL. Mitchell arrived on scene shortly after to conduct the crash investigation. Driggins was medically screened by Puckett EMS while on scene and was determined fit to be transported to Walker County Jail. While Driggins was seated in the rear of the patrol car waiting to be transported, she caused damage to government property by ripping off window-tint and chewing off seating material. The trooper learned that the Chevrolet Equinox was reported stolen. The warrants for the vehicle were created by the Tunnel Hill Police Department on May 21st. Walker County Deputy Weber transported Driggins to Walker County Detention Center. Driggins was a revoked driver out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and had warrants for her arrest. Driggins was charged Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Destruction to Government Property, No seatbelt, and Speeding. According to the report, the pursuit was approximately 3.8 miles in length and approximately 4 minutes in duration. According to criminal records Driggins who also goes by Denise Farmer has lengthy criminal record involving several arrest for stolen vehicles and robbery.