Alleged victims of robbery pursue suspect
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The victims of an alleged armed robbery declined to make statements to police Wednesday after they say attempts to pursue the suspect failed.

Two men told a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy the pair gave the suspect a ride to Dollar General on Cassville Road from a Tumlin Street address. According to the incident report, the suspect started toward the store before turning back and demanding the men’s money while holding his hand in the pocket of a hoodie in “a manner appearing to conceal a firearm.”

Both men said they turned over their cash and the suspect fled into the wood line. The victim driving said he saw a vehicle from the Tumlin Street address in the parking lot and followed the vehicle. As he turned onto Cassville Road, the man said he observed the suspect attempt to enter the other vehicle, which sped off when the driver spotted the victim’s truck. The second victim exited the truck and pursued the suspect on foot.

The victim said he lost the vehicle at Highway 293 when the fleeing vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign. The victim “locked up his brakes and slid into a nearby ditch.” He told deputies the suspect got into the fleeing vehicle, which left the area toward Highway 41.

The second victim said he pursued the suspect on foot but lost the suspect when he jumped a barbed wire fence.

Both victims refused to complete a voluntary statement.

While the deputy was still on scene, dispatch spoke with the suspect who said he was en route to Stone Mountain. The suspect said the alleged victims demanded he purchase prescription pills for them or they would assault him.

He told dispatch that he fled from Dollar General “because he did not want to get in any trouble” and denied taking the men’s money.

Driver strikes utility pole with police in pursuit

A Cartersville man was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly laid drag before fleeing and crashing into

a utility pole.

According to the incident report, the Cartersville police officer was sitting in the rear, vacant section of Autumn Canyon subdivision when a Chevrolet S-10 pulled into the cul-de-sac adjacent to the officer and began to drive erratically and laying drags.

The officer said the vehicle then attempted to flee the neighborhood at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the truck onto Center Road where the driver, identified as Chad Pittman, 32, lost control of the truck and struck a utility pole.

The report states that the officer drew his weapon due to the driver’s erratic behavior and ordered the driver to show his hands. According to the officer, Pittman attempted to go forward but was unable to move since the rear right tire was knocked off in the crash. Pittman then attempted to go in reverse.

The officer stated that Pittman repeatedly disregarded his commands to show his hands by saying, “No, sir.” When backup arrived, the second officer approached Pittman who continued to disregard commands to get on the ground. The officer performed a leg sweep and was handcuffed. According to the report, Pittman smelled strongly of alcohol and was slurring his words and repeating himself.

After being medically cleared at Cartersville Medical Center, Pittman was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, laying drags and striking a fixed object.

Home lost in New Year’s Day fire

A vacant residence was a total loss in an early morning blaze on Tuesday.

Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief Bryan Keeling said stations 1, 5 and 13 were called to 5982 Highway 20 just after 5:30 a.m. after a passerby saw the flames.

The 2,000-square-foot residence was a total loss, with crews on scene for roughly three hours.

Keeling said the cause of the fire remains unknown, although there was “no reason for it to ignite.” No one lived at the location and no injuries were reported.

BCFD crews also worked a dryer fire on Meadowview Circle Wednesday morning. Keeling said lint caught fire about 10:30 a.m., doing minor damage to the home.

Stations 1, 2 and 5 were on scene about one hour, and no one was injured.