On Tuesday, March 15th, just after midnight officers with the Cartersville Police Department made a traffic stop for an equipment violation on Highway 411 at State Route 20. Officers observed the rear driver side passenger to be shaking, and visibly nervous. After identification was received, it was discovered that Hunter Jewel Nichols had an outstanding warrant out of North Carolina for felony fleeing and eluding from police. Officers then placed Nichols under arrest for the warrant with handcuffs behind his back and placed him in the rear of the marked patrol car. Nichols requested that he be driven past his house, which was declined, but the officer did walk back to the suspect’s vehicle to retrieve a cell phone so that Mr. Nichols had the telephone numbers to contact his family. While the officer was retrieving the cell phone, Nichols slipped the handcuffs in front of his person, and climbed out the rear window of the patrol car and fled on foot. Nichols could not be located at that time.
Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) were able to develop information that led to the location of Mr. Nichols later that night. Nichols was located at a residence off of Gilreath Road, hiding in a wall with the handcuffs still on his hands, with the chains snapped in half.
Additional Charges for Hunter Jewel Nichols were added for obstruction of officers during the arrest, as he resisted physically and failed to respond to multiple commands. Charges for Brittany Nichole Blakely were taken for Hindering Apprehension or Punishment of a Criminal. Charges for Angela Maria O’Hare were taken for Hindering Apprehension or Punishment of a Criminal.