Motorcyclist fleeing BCSO deputy killed in crash
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A motorcyclist believed to have evaded a checkpoint a week prior was killed Saturday night while fleeing from a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

At approximately 10:02 p.m. a deputy was running radar in the median of U.S. Highway 411 at U.S. Highway 41 when he saw a yellow ford Mustang in the left lane travelling at a high rate of speed. A short time later, according to the incident report, a Honda CBR 600 motorcycle drove past the Mustang. The deputy clocked the motorcycle at 125 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The deputy attempted to catch up to the motorcycle, but it continued to accelerate. After activating his emergency equipment, the deputy continued following the motorcycle, which slowed to turn left on Cowan Drive. The motorcycle then made a U-turn around the median.

“I completed a u-turn and closed the distance with the motorcycle, but he swerved to the left lane and performed a ‘wheely’ as he quickly accelerated from my location,” the report states.

The deputy noted that the motorcycle appeared to be the same vehicle that fled from a safety checkpoint on GA Highway 61 a week before. The deputy stated, “It was a greater risk to the general public if it continued.”

The chase continued north on Highway 411 at speeds more than 120 mph. The motorcycle exited Highway 411 on to Highway 41 southbound before taking a right on Mac Johnson Road toward Cassville Road, according to the report. The motorcycle allegedly went through the stop sign and on to Cassville Road without stopping and continued down GA Highway 293 at more than 90 mph. The motorcycle also allegedly ignored the stop sign at Highway 293 and Hamilton Crossing Road.

The suspect continued to pull away from the deputy, who lost sight of the motorcycle as it rounded the on Highway 293 at Firetower Road. The deputy estimated the motorcycle was approximately half a mile ahead of him at that time. When he came through the corner, the deputy saw a piece of plastic on the road that appeared to be part of the motorcycle. After searching the area, the deputy found the driver laying against a fence down an embankment. The majority of the motorcycle was further down the embankment and the rest of it was reportedly scattered down the embankment and across the road.

The driver’s helmet was found on the opposite side of the road, approximately 120 feet away. No signs of life were found when the deputy checked the suspect’s pulse, according to the report.

The Georgia State Patrol was called to investigate the crash. The driver was later identified as Michael William Lynch, 28, of Cartersville.

Octogenarian arrested for attempted arson

After returning home from an extended hospital stay, an 86-year-old woman attempted to burn down her house.

The complaintant said he had brought his aunt, Ora West, home after a “lengthy stay in a rehabilitation facility for medical issues she had been facing,” according to the report. The complaintant said the doctor had ordered West to stay under 24-hour supervision while she recovered from a fall and other medical issues.

On Saturday, according to the report, the complainant went to West’s home to check on her and when he went in through the rear door he saw a “large amount” of smoke. A piece of cardboard, wash cloth and hand towel were reportedly sitting on the stove top, which was turned on. Two additional people at the scene confirmed the items were sitting on the stove and the eye was turned on.

When the three victims asked West why she put the items on the stove, she reportedly said, “I’m going to burn this house down before I let anyone have it.”

West told the deputy she had let the complaintant drive her truck and he was mad because she took it away from him. One of the victims told the deputy the truck had been sold 12 to 15 years ago.

West later told the deputy, “I was only seeing if the stuff would burn,” and later, “I would burn it down after they left.” When asked where two of the victims were during the incident, West said they were in the living room.

West was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts under the Family Violence Act and attempt to commit first-degree arson (FVA). She was transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.