Man dies in Emerson crash
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A one-vehicle crash in the early hours Sunday left the driver dead.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, about 1:30 a.m. Sunday Dustin Lee Morgan, 26, from Emerson was driving a 2006 Chrysler westbound on Old Alabama Road “when he lost control in a curve, left the roadway, struck a culvert and began to overturn, coming to rest in the median.”

A passenger in the vehicle was taken to Kennestone with minor injuries.

CPD officer tased during pursuit

A Cartersville police officer tased herself Saturday night while pursuing a suspect.

According to the incident report, the officer was patrolling the area of Courrant Street and Mary Street when she saw the suspect, Isaiah Hill, who the officer knew was on probation. When the officer approached, Hill reportedly fled the scene.

Although the officer lost Hill, another officer found the suspect near the Douglas Street United Methodist Church. The first officer arrived on scene, drew her firearm and ordered Hill to get on the ground. Hill refused to comply, so the officer holstered her firearm and drew out her taser.

At that moment Hill allegedly turned, screamed and ran toward the other officer. The first officer fired her taser at Hill, but it only made contact with his clothing, not his skin.

That was the moment the officer tased herself.

“I went to remove the taser cartridge to replace it with a new cartridge, and was unaware the taser was still cycling, when I was tased,” the report read. The officer fell on her right side and landed on her elbow.

Hill fled the scene a second time and was later found in a yard in the area of Roosevelt Street and Ford Street. He was taken into custody and transported to the jail without incident. After a search at the jail, suspected cocaine was found on Hill. He later consented to a urine test and tested positive for cocaine and marijuana.

Hill was charged with obstruction, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine by ingestion, possession of marijuana by ingestion and crossing guardline with contraband.

BCSO deputy wrecks vehicle during pursuit

Early Sunday morning a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy wrecked his vehicle on an embankment while pursuing a suspect.

The deputy was near the America’s Best Hotel on Carson Loop when he saw a vehicle pull out of the parking lot. The vehicle’s headlights allegedly were not on, and as the officer approached the vehicle from behind, the vehicle’s lights were still off. When the deputy activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle reportedly sped away and ran the stop sign at Carson Loop and Cass-White Road.

The deputy pursued and followed the suspect along Cass-White Road, Spring Place Road, Timberwood Road, Crowe Springs Spur, Towe Chapel Road, Pine Ridge Road, Kirk Road and, ultimately, Ga. Highway 140. During the pursuit, the suspect drove on the wrong side of the road a number of times, including going through curves.

Although deputies attempted to disable the vehicle with stop sticks on Bozeman Road, the suspect was able to avoid the diversion by driving off the road. As the pursuit continued down Highway 140, the suspect made a sudden left-hand turn onto Adcock Loop, according to the report. When the deputy attempted to slow down to make the turn, he reportedly lost control of his vehicle and wrecked into an embankment. The deputy advised dispatch and other units of where the suspect was last seen.

Additional deputies continued the pursuit. The suspect’s vehicle was later found on a dead-end road. It was wrecked and no occupants were found.

CPD investigates ‘grape caper’

It might be the most delicious property damage report Cartersville police have investigated.

Early Saturday morning a Cartersville officer was dispatched to a Huntcliff Drive residence, where the officer found a number of food items strewn about the property.

According to the incident report, a bagel covered with purple jelly was stuck on the mailbox, a slice of pizza covered with jelly was found near a garage door, a banana covered with jelly was found on the walkway to the front door and another bagel covered with the same jelly was found next to another garage door.

The food items were photographed and added to the case file. No suspects were reported.