Traffic stop turns into high-speed chase in Cartersville


A 2005 Dodge Caravan led a Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy on a high-speed chase on Saturday, exceeding 100 miles per hour on Road No. 2 in Cartersville.

According to a BCSO report, at around 3:10 p.m., an officer attempted to stop the silver minivan driving  southbound on Road No. 2, after the officer noticed that the Dodge was driving without a brake light functioning. The officer noticed a man driving with a female passenger, later identified as Robert Lee Myers, of Acworth, and Ashley Myers.

While calling in the traffic stop, the Dodge accelerated to speeds over 100 miles per hour and sped away, driving on the opposite side of the road and turning right on Mission Road, heading westbound.

The officer attempted a pit maneuver after the Dodge turned onto Road No. 3 North, but the driver attempted to hit the patrol car. The Dodge then ran the stop sign at the Sugar Valley intersection and turned left towards Hardin Bridge Road.

The officer followed onto Jones Slough Road and attempted to block the Dodge a second time, but the vehicle cut him off again.

The Dodge pulled off into a field behind the residence at Jones Slough Road.

The officer left his patrol car to pursue on foot and located Ashley Myers with her hands in the air. She revealed the driver to be her husband, Robert Myers, and told police she told Robert Myers not to flee.

Myers was found and arrested Monday. He is charged with driving with a suspended license, fleeing police, reckless driving and driving an improperly equipped vehicle.