Additional information has been released regarding a high speed chase from Floyd County, Georgia into Cherokee County, Alabama on Wednesday morning.
According to updated reports – that pursuit began in the area of Drummond Drive in Rome, then went onto Wilkerson Road and over Mt. Alto before hitting Horseleg Creek Road, West Rome Bypass and Blacks Bluff Road. The chase barreled through the Foster’s Mill community, and then into Alabama via Brushy Branch Road and County Road 22, with the suspects’ reportedly tossing contraband out the windows – possibly including a firearm. Things finally came to an end approximately ten miles from the state line in the Newberry’s Crossroads community, as the suspects’ car crashed into the rear-end of a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle around 8:30am.
Reportedly the car had also struck another Sheriff’s Office vehicle at some point and two of the Floyd County law enforcement vehicles involved in the chase experienced damage.
Three individuals, all from Rome, were placed under arrest and booked in at the Cherokee County Detention Center. All three – John Thomas Duvall, age 38; Bradley Keith Land, age 44; and Jessica Leigh Skuse, age 22 – were charged with the Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, the Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and the Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, in addition to Resisting Arrest. Duvall was additionally charged with Obstructing Justice/Giving False Identification – with Land, who was driving the vehicle, also being charged with Attempting to Elude.
They will be extradited back to Georgia to face charges there.
Those involved locally include the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and both the Cedar Bluff and Centre Police Departments along with assistance from the Leesburg Police Department. Rome agencies included the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Floyd County PD, along with the Rome City Police Department.
(Information provided in part by WRGA/www.wrgarome.com)