A LaFayette, Ga. Man faces multiple charges after leading police in a dangerous chase Monday night.
Richie Don Cook, 42, of 285 Cook Hollow Road, LaFayette, was eventually apprehended after crashing and then rushing into the nearby woods.
A Hamilton County MP first observed a dark sedan driving down Mountain Creek Road and discovered that the license plate was registered for a completely different vehicle (a 2006 Gold Accord) than the 1994 Black Accord on. which it was displayed. The deputy then turned on his blue lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The vehicle accelerated and then made a U-turn in the middle of the road. The deputy said the U-turn caused the suspect’s vehicle to almost hit the patrol vehicle head-on.
The Accord drove Signal Mountain Boulevard and Signal Mountain Road at high speed, entering and exiting the wrong lane several times. The driver, who turned out to be a Caucasian male wearing a hat and a black t-shirt, threw a black bag out of the vehicle. Authorities later recovered the bag and found three quarters of a pound of marijuana inside.
After driving to the base of W Road and then back down Mountain Creek Road, authorities said the suspect’s vehicle passed through the closed doors of Signal View Apartments as the car drove through the parking lot and then back to Mountain Creek Road. .
The suspect drove south on Highway 27 and threw away another bag later found to contain narcotics. The pursuit continued in Dade County, Georgia, where the suspect crashed his vehicle into a railing.
Authorities said the driver, Cook, ignored stop orders and fled into the woods. He was later found with the Dade County Sheriff’s Office, K-9, and taken into custody.
Cook faces 12 different charges including aggravated assault, reckless driving, escape from arrest, criminal waste, vandalism, speeding and tampering with evidence.