Woman facing several charges after leading Calhoun Police on a chase down rainy I-75 Wednesday
Amber Scoggins, 34, of 6700 Elberton Highway, Dewy Rose, was arrested by Georgia State Patrol Troopers and deputies with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office following a lengthy chase down interstate 75. On Wednesday, a Calhoun officer saw a driver on Wall Street not wearing a seat belt. The 1996 green Dodge Dakota she was driving also didn’t have working brake lights. The officer activated his blue lights, and Scoggins, who was driving the Dodge Dakota, turned onto Ga. 53 and began to head for I-75. As Scoggins was approaching the intersection at Ga. 53 and Curtis Parkway, she ran a red light and almost struck an SUV that was traveling northbound on Ga. 53. Scoggins then merged onto I-75 South. At this time, since Scoggins had not pulled over, Gordon County 911 was notified by the officer that he was in pursuit. For about 20 miles, the officer pursued Scoggins southbound down I-75 through the conditions of heavy rain and wet pavement, and noticed Scoggins was weaving in and out of heavy traffic and also using the right shoulder to pass other cars. Near Exit 296, Bartow County deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers took over the pursuit. Just south of Exit 293, a GSP trooper rammed the back of Scoggins’ car in an attempt to spin it out and end the chase. Scoggins’ car spun out and came to a stop where she was arrested and taken to Bartow County Jail, where she faces charges for willful obstruction of law enforcement officer, driving under minimum speed for highway, standards for turn signals, improper lane change, driving under the influence of drugs, failure to keep in proper lane, failure to yield to emergency vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer, improper use of radios and mobile phones, speeding, failure to maintain lane, seat belt violation and reckless driving. She remained in jail on Thursday night, pending bond.