Adairsville police assaulted with vehicle during drug bust
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While stropping a drug transaction at Hardee’s on Princeton Boulevard, one Adairsville police officer was assaulted with a vehicle.

According to an Adairsville Police Department press release, officers received “credible information that an illicit drug transaction was about to occur” at the Hardee’s parking lot. Several officers approached the scene in their marked vehicles to apprehend the suspects, when one of the suspects allegedly rammed the front end of a patrol car. The same suspect then allegedly struck two parked vehicles and attempted to run down an officer standing in the parking lot. The officer fired approximately three rounds into the suspect’s vehicle, according to the release, as he feared for his life. The officer then fired several more rounds into the suspect’s vehicle as it reportedly tried to ram another police vehicle.

The suspect then lost control of his vehicle and drove into a ditch. Adairsville officers, according to the release, took the driver into custody and discovered a large quantity of marijuana. None of the officers suffered any injuries.

Cajo Marque Harris, 36, of Lithonia, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on peace officer, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, unlawful use of a communications device and numerous traffic-related offenses.

Varriel James Adams Jr., 40, of Atlanta, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawful use of a communications device.

Both Harris and Adams are being held at the Bartow County Jail.

Chase ends in crash

A pursuit of a stolen vehicle early Tuesday ended in a crash.

Around 5:25 a.m., Cartersville’s Georgia State Patrol Post 3 was contacted by Paulding County Sheriff’s Office regarding a pursuit of a Ford Mustang on Highway 41 in Emerson, according to the GSP. The trooper became the primary in Cartersville and the pursuit continued into Adairsville.

Two Adairsville patrol vehicles were struck by the Mustang. One of the police officers complained of minor injuries, but was checked at the scene. One of the patrol vehicles was disabled and had to be towed.

Trevor Ernesto Araya, 28, of Dallas, James Summers, 22, of Rockmart and Rachel Taylor, 29, were taken into custody. The charges include driving under the influence and three counts of aggravated assault. Additional charges are pending the investigation.

Residences damaged in fires

A residential fire Monday left one family displaced.

According to Bartow County Fire Department Capt. Bruce King, stations 2, 10 and 15 responded to 271 Old Highway 41 in Adairsville about 8:30 p.m. after a blaze began in the living room area of the home. Roughly 50 percent of the residence was lost in the fire.

The residents were home at the time, but no one was injured. American Red Cross was called in to assist the family.

In a second residential fire, a Cartersville home was damaged when a fire started in its laundry room.

The Cartersville Fire Department responded to a call at 401 W. Avenue at approximately 12:56 p.m. Battalion Chief Mark Bagley said four engines responded to the blaze, as well as two chief vehicles. Firefighters were on scene until approximately 5:59 p.m. Bagley said firefighters performed an “extensive salvage and overhaul operation” to ensure no flames were hidden inside the home’s walls or ceilings.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The residence maintained damage from the blaze, Bagley said, as well as moderate smoke and heat damage. No one was injured.

Cameras catch burglar

Surveillance cameras at a residence on Law Road may have captured a burglar in the act.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the home Monday afternoon after the resident said someone forced their way into his home. According to the report, the homeowners had left just after noon, returning about 4:15 p.m. to find the front door kicked in and items missing.

The resident was able to provide video footage from exterior surveillance that showed a blue, older model, four-door sedan — possibly a Pontiac or Buick — pull into the driveway about 2:15 p.m., the report stated. A large-in-build white male exited the vehicle carrying what appeared to be newspaper, the deputy reported, and began looking in the front windows.

After looking in the windows, the suspect went back to the car, returned to the door and kicked it in. The report stated the male was inside the home about five minutes and exited carrying a large box under his arms.

More than $2,000 in items, including a jewelry box, were stolen.

The suspect was described as a white male, 6 feet tall, thick build, wearing blue jeans and a short-sleeved shirt.

On Tuesday morning, a Cass-White Road resident called authorities concerning a residential break-in, according to reports. The vehicle seen in the vicinity of the incident matched the description of the Law Road burglary, the deputy told dispatchers.