Cpl. Michael Burlison was en route to a call just before 6 p.m. on U.S. Highway 411 South near Toyo Tire in White. Witnesses at the scene said a light-colored car -- possibly a silver Chrysler Sebring -- pulled out in front of Burlison heading north on 411. Burlison, who was running blue lights and the vehicle's in-car camera, swerved to avoid a collision, going airborne before rolling twice and shearing a tree off at ground level.
Burlison crawled from the vehicle uninjured and refused transport to the hospital. BCSO protocol requires an officer involved in a crash submit to a drug test.
A witness said the accident would have been worse, possibly fatal, had Burlison struck the other vehicle. The passenger car fled the scene at a high rate of speed on 411 north toward Rydal. Footage from Burlison's car will be used in an effort to identify the car.
Juvenile struck by vehicle
A girl, 12, was struck Monday afternoon when she entered traffic at U.S. Highway 41 and Grassdale Road. Carterville Fire Department said the girl was transported to Cartersville Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
No other details were available at press time
Man flees after stealing copper from sub station
Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies pursued a man in the early hours of Monday morning after they found him inside a Cobb Energy sub station.
A burglary alarm at 6860 N. Main St. in Acworth sent law enforcement to the location just after 2:30 a.m., according to the report. Hearing a suspect at a lower sub station, deputies found a white male dressed all in green inside the fenced area. Upon seeing officers, the man fled.
Ignoring orders to stop, the man continued running with deputies in pursuit in the direction of Interstate 75. Once the chase entered the wooded area, deputies lost sight of the man. An Acworth Police Department K9 was called in to track the suspect but was not successful.
A Cobb Energy employee said the best determination he could make at the time was that the suspect made off with 50 to 60 pounds of copper.
No tools or cut copper were found at the scene.