Stolen Car from Dealership Leads to Car Chase
A stolen car and car chase across two counties late Tuesday night results in an arrest. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says it all started with a break-in. “We got a call of an alarm going off at Maypole Chevrolet. The suspect had broken a window out and went in and took the keys to a SUV, went through a fence in the vehicle. Two Toccoa police officers and a deputy were close by. The suspect went through a traffic stop and sped away.”
Shirley says that is when he and other law enforcement became involved. “Further on down the road they could see him in a distance. I met him in Martin where the traffic was somewhat heavy and that enabled me to catch up with him. He continued to flee with speed up to 120mph in to Franklin County. I called dispatch and they alerted the Lavonia Police Department and asked if the would put stop sticks out.”
City of Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle says officers were waiting there. “One of the officers was able to deploy the stop sticks. The vehicle hit the stop sticks which made the tires to begin to go flat. The vehicle veered off the roadway into the area of the downtown water fountain and headed directly toward one of my officers stationed in a parking lot area in his patrol vehicle with the lights activated. The vehicle missed my officer by 43 inches and began to slide sideways across State Route 17 into the front lawn of Georgia Power and striking a sign.”
Arrested is 32 year old Shannon Dewayne Brock of Gainesville. Brock faces charges from Stephens County including reckless driving, burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude, and criminal damage in the 2nd degree. Charges from the City of Lavonia include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, interference with government property, felony fleeing, and criminal damage to property. Brock may also face more charges from the Georgia Highway Patrol.