Alton Lamar Vaughan, 39, of Cartersville lost his life Friday evening around 8:50 p.m. on Shotgun Road in a single vehicle accident in an evening full of motor vehicle accidents. He was the third person to lose his life on Bartow County roads in four days.
According to Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright, Vaughan's Chevrolet Blazer left the road in a curve, struck an embankment and overturned. Vaughan was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side and on top of him. No other injuries were reported in the crash. A seat belt was not in use and blood was drawn to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor.
Another accident occurred later Friday evening at Ga. Highway 61 near Old Alabama Road. It also was a single vehicle accident with one injury that involved entrapment. The victim was taken by ground to Cartersville Medical Center. A GSP report on that accident is not yet available and no name has been released.
man in high speed chase
A man fled police authorities in a high speed chase Saturday morning at 12:32 a.m. beginning in Emerson and ending near Cartersville.
According to Bartow County Scanner's Facebook page, the chase began in Emerson with the vehicle -- a red pickup -- traveling on U.S. Highway 41 toward South Bridge.
The Bartow County Sheriff's Office reported that the vehicle passed one deputy at a speed of about 90 mph. At the intersection of Erwin Street and South Bridge, the vehicle hit a stop sign and continued on. According to the report, the vehicle ran a red light at Etowah Drive, and passed several cars traveling in the opposite lane while passing Cartersville Elementary School. The vehicle continued on.
At 12:45 a.m. the vehicle struck placed stop sticks and then turned onto Ga. Highway 113 toward Cartersville.
According to Bartow County Scanner, the vehicle crashed near the Styles Auto Collision entrance. The driver was taken into custody. A female also in the truck complained of some pain and cuts. The Bartow County Scanner Facebook page said the truck did not have Bartow County plates.