One Indiana man was recently apprehended after leading law enforcement on a high-speed car chase along Ga. 400 and nearby roadways.
Lashan David Wyatt Jr., 23, of Hammond, Indiana, was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 27 just after 1 a.m.
Wyatt has been charged with one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, possession of firearm by a convicted felon and fleeing or eluding a police officer.
His misdemeanors include six counts of speeding; five counts of driving on the wrong side of the road; four counts of failure to maintain lane; three counts of obstruction of an officer; and two counts each of reckless driving, wrong way on or around a roundabout and failure to stop for stop sign.
He was also cited for singular counts of obedience to traffic control device, striking a fixed object, failure to report an accident with damage to property, driving with a revoked license, a violation each for turning headlights and tail lights off, improper stopping on roadway and a drug-related DUI.
It is unknown why Wyatt, as an Indiana resident, was in Georgia, said Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson.
Warrants and citations allege that the midnight-hour pursuit began after a deputy along Ga. 400 tried to stop Wyatt, who was driving a black Mitsubishi Outlander rental car at 74 mph in a 55-mph zone.
Wyatt allegedly sped away and during the chase that ensued, he zipped down roads in the southern end of the county, all the while speeding, swerving, running stop signs and driving
in the opposing lane. The pursuit continued back onto Ga. 400, where Wyatt allegedly reached 115 mph., crossed dividing line markers and drove northbound in the highway’s southbound lanes for a period of time.
Near the intersection of the highway and Dawson Forest Road, Wyatt struck a gate with the car he was driving and ran a red light before driving on the wrong side of Dawson Forest Road, eventually passing through its roundabout at Lumpkin Campground Road.
Turning the car’s lights off, Wyatt continued along Dawson Forest Road, venturing into the wrong lane while reaching speeds of up to 110 mph. He also drove the wrong way through the roundabout intersection at Ga. 9 South before making an illegal stop in the area.
Multiple warrants allege he fled on foot, disobeying commands of three DSCO officers for Wyatt to stop and show his hands.
He also had a Glock 9mm firearm on the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle, according to two warrants. Because Wyatt was convicted of felony burglary in Will County, Illinois this past May, he was not supposed to have the weapon. Another warrant states that Wyatt had 10mg THC gummy edibles in his jacket pocket during the vehicle pursuit.
Times on the citations and warrants allege Wyatt committed the aforementioned offenses between just 12:03-12:20 a.m.
Upon catching him, officers noted Wyatt’s bloodshot eyes and an odor of marijuana coming from him. He admitted to smoking the substance before driving. Wyatt was arrested at 1:05 a.m. on Nov. 27 and booked into the Dawson County Detention Center sixteen minutes later.
Then on Nov. 29, he was released on a $16,700 bond, according to an update from the sheriff's office.