According to Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright, a BCSO deputy had stopped to inspect a vehicle on the side of the interstate near Glade Road when the body was found. A state trooper arrived for investigation and found the person had been hit multiple times by oncoming traffic and appeared to have been in the travel lanes when impact occurred.
Investigators believe the vehicle that stuck the victim was a large vehicle like a truck. As a result, local agencies in the area were alerted to be on the lookout for such a vehicle with damage consistent with striking a pedestrian.
In a separate incident, Joel Michael Bennett, 39, of Dallas was arrested about 4:45 a.m. A source told The Daily Tribune a motorist had driven through the scene involving the deceased pedestrian, striking vehicles, but it is unclear whether Bennett was that driver. He was charged with DUI, open container, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident with injury, death or damage, driving in the emergency lane and following too closely. Bennett was taken to the Bartow County Jail.
Georgia State Patrol is working with BCSO and the Bartow County coroner to make positive identification of the individual and to notify the next of kin.
Man flees police -- is tasered A Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy pursued a suspect on road and foot near Glade Road Thursday at 11:29 a.m.
According to the BCSO incident report, the deputy noticed a vehicle traveling southbound on Glade Road with a broken windshield. Inside, a man drove with a female passenger. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle accelerated, making a left turn onto Pawnee Trail. The deputy pursued the vehicle as he turned onto Navajo Lane to a dead-end road and up a gravel driveway. The vehicle stopped and the man driving fled toward the tree line.
The deputy followed, advising the man to stop several times. The two ran on a trail beside a creek until the man tripped on a stump and fell to the ground. Once again the officer told the man to stop and get on the ground.
According to the deputy, the man made two to three steps toward him and brought his hands up in an aggressive manner. The deputy deployed his taser and struck the man in the chest. The man fell to the ground and put his hands out. He was placed in hand restraints. The deputy walked the man out of the woods and met with another deputy, who searched the man for weapons.
The first deputy returned to the vehicle and found the female passenger had left. The incident video showed the woman grabbing several items from the vehicle and walking away.
The second deputy found two syringes inside the center console of the vehicle and a small silver scale near the front passenger seat. The syringes had a liquid suspected to be methamphetamine and later tested positive.
The man was checked by Bartow County EMS and refused treatment. He was transported to the jail for processing.