The man who led Summerville Police, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger and members of Georgia’s State Patrol on a chase that began in Summerville, and ended when the suspect crashed his vehicle in Floyd County on Monday, has reportedly admitted to trying to run over deputies who tried to stop him as he fled from law enforcement.
Wyatt Keith Stanfield was booked into the Chattooga County Jail after crashing his 2005 Kia Sorento at the intersection of Highways 156 and 27 in Floyd County. He was released into the custody of the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office after Deputy Jamey Dawson informed a Georgia State Trooper that Stanfield had swerved and deliberately tried to strike Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office Deputies during the pursuit.
You can read the report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office below:
On 06-22-2020 while on patrol, I received a call to assist Summerville Police Officers with a vehicle pursuit on Highway 114, westbound. I along with Agent Gary Campbell was at 4804 Hwy 114 when the fleeing vehicle, which was a 2005 Kia Sorento silver in color with GA tag # (RWM8472), being driven by Wyatt Keith Stanfield turned around and headed back East toward Summerville. SPD Officer Cox advised over the radio they were passing the
feed store (Pine Ridge Outdoors).
At this time Agent Campbell pulled onto the left should and I pulled off the road onto the right shoulder and Deputy Daniel Sanford was behind my vehicle. The suspect vehicle approached officers, making a direct attempt to strike Agent Campbell’s county owned
vehicle which he was attempting to exit prior to an impact. Then he swerved toward mine and Deputy Sandford’s patrol cars in an aggressive manner in which I felt he was using offensively against officers with the ability to cause serious bodily injury. He was driving speeds in excess of 85 MPH according to Officer Cox when he approached the Chattooga County Sheriff’s vehicles that were attempting to clear the path. After the violator’s acts of aggression towards officers, the marked units driven by myself and Sanford gave chase after the Kia East on Hwy 114 toward Summerville. The pursuit went on and the Kia turned South onto Hwy 27 then Chattooga 911 alerted Floyd County and GSP of the violations and conditions.
Chattooga County’s part in the vehicle pursuit was then discontinued by Cpl. Farmer. The pursuit had became too great a danger to the motorists on the roadway and it would be approaching the construction zone on Taylor’s Ridge in heavy fog.
SPD Officer Cox also discontinued the pursuit but tried to keep the violator in sight and lost sight of the Silver Kia South of the intersection at Gore. After the pursuit left Chattooga County all deputies involved met with Chief Woods and Sheriff Schrader at Hunter’s Furniture and after a few minutes we were notified that the violator had wrecked in Floyd County. Sheriff Schrader advised to go meet with the trooper at the site of the collision where the pursuit ended. Upon arrival, I spoke with Sgt. Gas of the GSP whom had taken the Wyatt Keith Stanfield into custody. Sgt. Gas transferred custody to me due to the severity of the charges. Stanfield advised he wasn’t hurt in the collision and refused medical treatment and didn’t want an ambulance to the scene. However as to our jail policy, Stanfield was transported to Redmond Medical Center for evaluation due to being involved in an auto accident.
Upon entering the Emergency Room at Redmond, the staff asked Stanfield as to the reason he was at the hospital he stated “that he had been a chase with the Police and tried to run them over!”
Stanfield was treated and released from the hospital and transported to the Chattooga County Jail without further incident.
(WZQZ Chattooga County Radio)