High Speed Chase Ends With Crash

On Monday, a Summerville man led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that started in Summerville and ended with the subject crashing his vehicle near the intersection of Highway 156 and Highway 27 in Floyd County.

According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol Post in Rome, the subject had threatened to harm himself and others prior to the high-speed chase.  Summerville Police attempted to stop the subject who then traveled down Highway 114 towards Lyerly.  The subject reversed directions and headed back towards Summerville.  The Summerville Police Department requested assistance and the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department joined the chase.  Reports indicate that the subject nearly struck a Chattooga County Deputy.

Summerville Police and Chattooga County Deputies lost site of the subject in Gore, but a nearby Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger spotted the vehicle and gave chase.  A Georgia State Trooper listened to radio traffic and pulled into the median about a mile from where the Ranger had spotted the suspect. The suspect was driving a silver Kia Sorento.  The trooper clocked the suspect doing 108 miles per hour.

The suspect attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 156 and crashed. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.  The subject then jumped out of the vehicle from the passenger side and attempted to run from the trooper.

The trooper fired his taser as the subject was attempting to run into the woods.  The State Trooper and DNR Ranger cuffed the suspect at that point.

The subject was identified as Wyatt Keith Stanfield, age 26 of a Summerville Gardens Apartments address.  Stanfield said he wasn’t injured but was taken by a Chattooga County Deputy to Floyd Medical Center for evaluation.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Chattooga County will be charging Stanfield with three counts of aggravated assault against a peace office and the Georgia State Patrol will be taking out a warrant charging Stanfield with felony fleeing from law enforcement, reckless driving, speeding (108 in a 65) and obstruction.