A high-speed chase from Armuchee, that passed through Chattooga County, involved a forty-two-year-old Marietta construction worker who was wanted for child-sex related crimes.
Andrew Benjamin Nelson was one of eighty-two people wanted in connection in a multi-state child sex investigation. Nelson led police from several jurisdictions on the chase that went up Highway 27 into Summerville, Trion and on into Walker County. Chattooga County sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips, but failed to stop the suspect. His tires were damaged, according to Sheriff Mark Schrader. Nelson later wrecked the SUV he was driving in Walker County on the LaFayette Bypass.
Nelson was arrested for attempted aggravated child molestation and obscene internet contact with a child, according to jail reports.
His arrest was part of Operation Southern Impact III. A total of 82 people were arrested, and 17 children were rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation between eight southeastern states, according to the GBI.