Chase Started In Alabama, Ends In Georgia; Florida Man Arrested

A chase reaching speeds of more than 100 mph on Saturday night, started in Cherokee County and ended just inside the Georgia State Line after the suspect bailed out, and then fled on foot.

According to Chief Deputy Josh Summerford, a deputy had attempted to stop a black Dodge Charger for running at a high rate of speed on Highway 411 – when, instead of pulling over, the driver sped away.  The vehicle was also passing other motorists on double-yellow lines.

Floyd County and Cave Spring Police were notified and picked up the pursuit in Georgia.

According to Floyd County Jail records, 35-year old Anthony Lee Stewart of Miami, Florida was clocked at 130 miles per hour as he crossed the state line.  He drove into the Cave Spring City Limits at 117 miles per hour, almost striking the Cave Spring Police Chief, who was on the opposite side of the road.  Stewart lost control of his vehicle and then fled on foot.

After methamphetamine and alcohol were seized from the car, the vehicle was impounded.

Stewart was identified by his girlfriend as the man who was driving the vehicle.  He was later arrested in the area of Old Cedartown Road and Park Street at around noon on Sunday.

Stewart is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude, obstruction of officers, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, driving with a suspended license, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug-related objects.

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