A car chase in Toccoa earlier this week ends with an apparent self-inflicted stab wound.
Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said it started Tuesday just before 5 p.m. when Officer Erik Carter performed a traffic stop on Hill Street on a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.
“When the vehicle stopped, he made contact with Anthony Michael Lewallen,” said Jarrell. “Upon checking Mr. Lewallen’s driver’s license, it was found he had an active probation warrant out of Stephens County. While talking with him about his vehicle and who was going to come get the vehicle, Lewallen drove off.”
According to Jarrell, a small chase ensued down Hill and Pond streets first, then onto Collins Road.
Jarrell said once on Collins Road, Lewallen almost immediately pulled over in front of a car wash and Laundromat.
“When Officer Carter approached the vehicle a second time, Mr. Lewallen had a kitchen knife embedded in his chest,” said Jarrell. “It appears he did it to himself. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.”
Lewallen, 51 of Toccoa, was taken first to Stephens County Hospital, then airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. There is no word on his condition.
Jarrell said Lewallen faces charges from Toccoa Police of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, failing to stop at a stop sign, and driving with no insurance. In addition, he faces a warrant for a probation violation from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.
As for why this may have happened, Jarrell said that Lewallen told the officer prior to fleeing the Hill Street traffic stop that he did not want to go back to prison.