Category: Polk News

Police Chase Ends With Four Flat Tires


A 41-year-old man is in custody after leading police on a chase in Polk County.

It all started around 11:30 p.m. Monday when the Rockmart Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Kia Sedona on Highway 278 / Industrial Drive.

The vehicle failed to yield, and a vehicle pursuit began.

The vehicle pursuit continued to Highway 278 and came into the City of Cedartown.

Officers were able to set up Stinger Spike Strips at Highway 278 / Lindsey Chapel Road in an attempt to terminate the pursuit safely.

As the vehicle neared Highway 278 / Lindsey Chapel Road, the suspect vehicle struck the spike strips.

The vehicle, after hitting the strips, came to a stop near Cedartown High School.

The driver (identified as Vincent Sweeting) was taken into custody by the Rockmart Police Department without incident.


Two Special Education Teachers Arrested in Polk County

Two Polk School District special educator teachers, Camela Carter Mears, 49, of Cedartown, and Mary E. Seyler, 49, of Dallas, were arrested and terminated this week for two separate incidents involving students.

Mears was a special education teacher at Van Wert Elementary School, while Seyler was a special education teacher at Cedartown High School.

A statement from PSD, “The Polk School District generally does not comment on specific personnel matters,”.

Police Chief Michael McGee declined any comment on what the two women did.

The Board voted on Tuesday to terminate the employees, but the women have been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Mears is charged with reckless conduct and battery.

Seyler is charged with reckless conduct and simple battery.

Polk County Schools Special Ed Teachers Arrested After Incidents with Students
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Hit & Run Driver Arrested

Polk County Police Department Press Release –

Polk Police Arrest Christian Dakota Sheriff

On May 4 at 11:39 PM Polk Police officers with B Shift of the Uniformed Patrol Division executed a warrant attempt on an address on Hampton Road.

Officers with B Shift ultimately arrested two subjects from this address in connection with the Hit & Run on Morgan Valley Road. Mr. Sheriff barricaded himself in a room at the residence but was ultimately taken into custody without incident by Patrol Officers.

Mr. Sheriff was the alleged driver of the vehicle involved in the Hit & Run.

Billie Jean Swindell Mugshot

The vehicle was recovered on Joe Rowell Road (Haralson County) the day after the Hit & Run. Mrs. Swindell was the owner of the vehicle and attempted to report her car as being stolen.

This case was handled by the Criminal Investigations Division, which worked quickly and efficiently to bring this case to a resolution.

Christian Dakota Sheriff was charged with:
– Serious Injury by Vehicle (F)
– Striking a Fixed Object (M)
– Failure to Maintain Lane (M) (x2 counts)
– Hit and Run (F) (x2 counts)
– Obstructing / Hindering Law Enforcement (M)

Billie Jean Swindell was charged with:
– Aiding Escape (F)
– False Report of a Crime (M)