A high-speed chase Friday ended when a deputy’s vehicle bumped a motorcycle, knocking the rider to the ground.
According to a report from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy observed a motorcycle driven by 43-year-old Michael Shane Henry traveling on Highway 41 near Cassville Road doing 71 mph in 55 mph zone. After initiating a traffic stop and obtaining Henry’s license, the deputy saw it was suspended for failure to appear. At that time, Henry reportedly started the motorcycle and began to drive away.
The deputy re-entered his patrol vehicle and chased Henry — who reportedly swerved out of his lane multiple times and blew through a red light and stop sign — onto Highway 41 North, left onto Griffin Road, right onto Hall Station Spur, right onto Hall Station Road and left onto Barnsley Gardens Road. Then, while turning right onto Perkins Mountain Road, Henry reportedly slammed on his brakes, causing the deputy to bump the back of the motorcycle, though Henry maintained control.
Though the exact location is unclear in the report, at some point, the deputy’s vehicle slid “approximately five feet” on a gravel road and struck the motorcycle. When the deputy exited his vehicle, Henry was on the ground.
Henry was treated by EMS for a forehead abrasion and knee pain. He faces charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving without a license, driving on the wrong side of road, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, passing in a no passing zone, reckless driving, speeding and failure to stop at red light.
Vehicles burglarized in Kingston
Two unlocked cars were burglarized at residences near one another in Kingston late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
The BCSO reported that vehicles on Riverwood Cove and Rivercreek Crossing had been burglarized, as stated by the respective residents at those addresses. In one case, a purse was missing; in the other, a watch was missing.
There were no suspects at the time of the report.