Driver gets away in high-speed chase
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After leading police through a car chase, a driver early Wednesday escaped on foot in Floyd County.

The pursuit began shortly before 4 a.m. on Sugar Valley Road when a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass with a tail light out, according to the report. When the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver — who was not identified — appeared hesitant to stop, turning onto West Cherokee Avenue and immediately onto Wofford Street.

Accelerating to about 65 mph, the deputy pursued the sedan onto Highway 293, the report stated. Speeds increased along Highway 293 to 75 mph, before reaching 90 to 95 mph as the chase blew through the stop signs at Grassdale and Iron Belt roads.

While traveling through the city of Kingston, the deputy reported the driver continued to accelerate to about 100 mph, slowing to 80 to 85 mph around Hall Station Road and Tom Jones Road.

Floyd County authorities deployed stop sticks on Highway 293, which the vehicle hit traveling about 90 mph. According to report, the sedan struck a tree about a quarter of a mile away. When officers approached, they discovered the driver’s side door open and no one inside the vehicle.

A search of the area located no suspect.

Player cries foul after jaw broken during basketball game

A friendly game of hoops Tuesday night soured after a fight broke out and a player was left with a broken jaw.

During a basketball game at an Adairsville church, a man said a fight broke out between the suspect and another man, according to a BCSO report. The man said he stepped in to break it up, saying, “That’s what happens when you start losing.” He woke up to people telling him the suspect had knocked him out.

The victim went to Gordon Hospital where he was treated for a broken jaw. The deputy reported the man appeared to be in pain, with slurred speech, bleeding and misaligned teeth and gums along the bottom jaw.

A description of the suspect was given to police, along with a witness’s information.

Possible arsons reported

Two separate incidents of potential arson were reported to authorities Tuesday.

A deputy was called to a Sugar Valley Road business about 8 a.m. after an employee said he found his truck burned when he arrived at work. The man said the front right tire was still burning but he could not say whether it was intentionally set or the result of a malfunction.

Just before 8 a.m. a woman in the second incident told a deputy someone started a small fire in her barn. The Tatum Ridge resident said the fire did not cause any damage but no one had permission to be inside the structure.

Bartow County Fire Department advised the deputy that a small pack of cigarettes was located next to the fire.