A high-speed chase between police and a motorcyclist reached speeds of 100 mph on Burnt Hickory Road in Cartersville Friday, according to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report.
Cody Hovers, 25, of Sugar Valley Road, Cartersville, is facing two felony and six misdemeanor charges after hitting a police car during the chase and then running from police in the woods after abandoning his motorcycle.
The chase began at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday when an officer saw Hovers driving a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle south on Sugar Valley Road towards Road No. 2. The motorcycle had no tag and no working taillight.
According to the report, the officer stopped Hovers, who pulled over by a gas station. When the officer asked Hovers to pull up his face shield, Hovers said it did not pull up. When the officer asked Hovers to remove the helmet, Hovers took off toward Sugar Valley Road.
In the ensuing pursuit, Hovers reached 88 mph on Sugar Valley, according to the report, and was driving on the wrong side of the road.
Hovers then turned left into the Hickory Springs subdivision and reached 50 mph while running multiple stop signs and continuing on the wrong side of the road, according to the report.
Officers attempted to funnel Hovers into a narrow path while leaving “an avenue of escape” on Crestbrook Drive, according to the report. Hovers came to a near stop at one of the patrol cars, and then rapidly accelerated and hit a patrol car before continuing to flee.
Hovers then passed a car traveling north by driving into the wrong lane, forcing another car onto the shoulder. Hovers reached speeds between 90 and 100 mph on Burnt Hickory Road before turning onto Bingham Road, while occasionally braking to try and get the patrol car to hit his motorcycle, according to the report.
Hovers left the road on one occasion and it appeared that he was going to lose control of the motorcycle and crash, but he re-entered the road and continued down a dead end road past Pearl Lane, according to the report.
Hovers eventually turned into a private gravel road. Once he reached the end of the road, which was blocked by a cattle gate, he tried to drive the motorcycle through the wooded area, but was unable to continue, and dropped the motorcycle and fled on foot. He was arrested a short distance into the wooded area.
The motorcycle was later confirmed to have no valid insurance and no registration.
According to the report, the police car that was hit had a “deep gouge on the bottom of the driver front door, as well as dents and paint transfer near the handle.”
Hovers was charged with aggravated assault, fleeing police, not meeting standards for brake lights, driving with a suspended license, having no insurance, willful obstruction of law enforcement, interference with government property and probation violation.