The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a fugitive by the name of Derrick Ramone Walker after he eluded police following a high-speed chase down Interstate 75.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday, 911 received a call for service from Whitfield County 911, according to a BCSO statement. Whitfield County said they had taken a phone call from Walker who was at the 290 exit. During the phone call, Walker said he was having suicidal thoughts.
Whitfield County also told BCSO that Walker was wanted by Tunnel Hill police for numerous offenses including carjacking, aggravated assault and theft by taking.
When a BCSO deputy found Walker and attempted to perform a traffic stop, Walker fled in a stolen Saturn Vue. The deputy pursued him on I-75 southbound and Walker eventually drove up the Main Street exit ramp.
A second BCSO deputy was waiting for Walker at the top of the ramp on the Main Street overpass. According to the incident report, Walker allegedly drove up onto the overpass, took a left and then drove in the wrong direction down the I-75 northbound exit ramp and continued down I-75 in the wrong direction.
Both deputies followed Walker by driving down I-75 southbound.
Walker took exit 285 to Red Top Mountain and then drove toward the lake with both deputies still following him. Walker then drove into the Waterside subdivision, stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.
The deputies lost sight of him in a wooded area and were unable to find him after searching the area.
BCSO is still searching for the suspect and asked anyone who sees Walker to call 911 immediately as he should be considered a dangerous person. According to a press release, Sheriff Clark Millsap has increased patrol presence in the area.
In addition to the charges filed by Tunnell Hill police, Walker is now wanted for theft by receiving stolen property, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving and driving with suspended license.
Man put in headlock over lawnmower dispute
A BCSO deputy was dispatched to 21 Paige St., Cartersville, in reference to an assault that was later determined to be a case of simple battery.
The victim said a man he knew only as “Tree” came to his residence asking about money he was owed because the victim had borrowed his lawnmower. The victim said he did not have the money and told the suspect, later identified as Timothy Thurman, that he could have his lawnmower back.
Thurman said the victim could give him some of the rims he had in his garage as payment for the lawnmower, but the victim refused.
Thurman took the mower and pushed it into the victim’s front yard. He then told the victim that he wanted money for the victim using the mower. When the victim said, again, that he did not have any money, Thurman reportedly said, “Then let’s go at it.”
According to the incident report, Thurman allegedly pushed the victim against the front of his residence and grabbed him in a headlock before they both fell to the ground. The victim’s mother then ran outside and started hitting Thurman on the head with a broom to get him off her son. Thurman did and then left the scene after the victim’s mother said she was calling the police.
The victim said he did not want to press charges.
After relocating to Thurman’s residence and finding Thurman was not there, the deputy spoke with the suspect’s wife and asked her to call him. She called her husband and told Thurman an officer wanted to speak with him. According to the report, she also said, “Don’t worry, if you go to jail I will get you out.”
While speaking to Thurman’s wife, she confirmed to the deputy that he went to the victim’s home to get money for the lawnmower.
After he arrived at the residence, Thurman also confirmed that he went to the victim’s home to get $75 owed to him for the lawnmower. When the victim did not have the money, Thurman said, he got upset. When he was unable to strike a deal with the victim, he got even more upset. Thurman then admitted to putting the victim in a headlock.
The deputy also noted a tear in Thurman’s shirt and fresh grass stains on his right knee.
Thurman was arrested and charged with simple battery. He was transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.