Peachtree City police 1 for 2 in vehicle chases


Twice in the past few days a motorist attempted to outrun the police in Peachtree City.

One got away. The other one didn’t.

According to reports, officers attempted to stop a vehicle July 17 driving recklessly in the area of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 74, with violations that included disregard of traffic signals and driving at high speed. Another officer observed what appeared to be the suspect vehicle approaching him and initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect fled at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit was terminated in the area of Hwy. 74 and Dogwood Trail after the officer lost visual contact with the vehicle.

A driver in a similar situation July 18 was not as successful. A traffic stop was initiated just after midnight on Hwy. 54 at Planterra Way for various moving violations. The driver initially refused to stop his vehicle, and once he finally stopped he fled on foot. He was caught in the area a short time later.

Austin Shelton, 23, of Fayetteville was charged with a felony count of fleeing/eluding law enforcement as well as misdemeanor charges of obstruction of an officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, and failure to maintain lane.

Elsewhere in Peachtree City, a separate traffic stop in the wee hours of July 18 identified a driver who was an intoxicated subject from a previous call. After spending several minutes trying to get his cooperation for standard field sobriety tests, officers arrested Evan Beckett, 39, of Peachtree City for driving under the influence and transported him to the Fayette County Jail.

A July 17 traffic stop involving a green Ford F-150 pickup truck led officers to discover that the registered owner was wanted out of Heard County. Joseph Boogher, 37, of Franklin was arrested for his warrants.

An officer responded July 17 to a verbal dispute in the area of Crestwood on Cottonwood Drive. According to a police report, it was later revealed that the caller had an active warrant out of Coweta County. That information resulted in Mark Anderson, 48, being placed under arrest.