A red SUV that was involved in an accident with a car at the intersection of Mac Johnson Road and Joe Frank Harris Parkway led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit on the night of December 27th.
The SUV had severe damage to a rear end due to the accident and was throwing debris behind it as a deputy tried to get in position for a PIT maneuver going westbound on U.S. 411. The SUV eventually entered onto oncoming traffic, turned into an open field, and stopped.
While a deputy and an ICE agent gave loud commands for the driver to exit the vehicle, the driver continued to press on the accelerator while changing gears from drive to reverse. When the deputy used a baton to break the driver’s side window, the suspect jumped into the front passenger seat and opened the door. The ICE agent placed the suspect at gunpoint and ordered him to the ground, in which the suspect then complied.
25-year-old Tyler Roden of Cartersville was identified as the driver. He stated that he wouldn’t stop because the brakes weren’t working. Roden was arrested and charged with obstructing or hindering a law enforcement officer, driving without a license, failure to obey a traffic-control device, hit and run, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and driving an unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle.