What appeared to be a drunk driver wound up going to the hospital, after attempting to elude Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies Sunday night.
According to reports – law enforcement received a call around 10:30, regarding what appeared to be someone that was inebriated behind the wheel – approaching Centre on 411 north; a deputy then followed the driver onto the east bypass – looking for a safe spot to conduct a traffic stop. The deputy said he witnessed the suspect cross over the outside lane of the roadway frequently, while traveling at a very low rate of speed.
After pulling the car over, he got out to approach the driver’s side door and before he could make contact the female driver sped away. Both that deputy, and another gave chase as the suspect’s vehicle turned onto 148, and it travelled approximately a mile before crashing. That pursuit came to an end when the suspect ran straight through a curve at around 60 mph and crashed into a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn with the driver being entrapped.
Deputies immediately rendered aid and according to the report, although witnessing a great deal of blood, noticed the woman was awake and alert. She was extricated by the Cherokee County Rescue Squad and members of the Spring Creek Fire Department and was transported to Atrium/Floyd Hospital in Rome for treatment of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. It was noted that liquor, and several pill bottles, were found inside the vehicle.
No word yet on what charges may be forthcoming.