About 1:45 p.m. a Cartersville police officer noticed the man driving erratically in the area of North Gilmer Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the motorcyclist refused to stop. At the area of Johnson Street and Douglas Street, the officer, deeming that it was unsafe to continue, terminated the pursuit due to the high rate of speed of the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist continued north on Douglas Street at a high rate of speed and ran the stop sign at the intersection of Douglas Street and Porter Street before losing control of the motorcycle.
The name of the deceased has not been released.