Deputies arrest man after chase, crash in north Fayette


A middle-of-the-night car chase at very high speed ended in a wreck and a trip to jail for a Fayetteville man.

According to a spokesperson for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop was attempted Feb. 4 at about 1:15 a.m. in the area of Kenwood Road and Kite Lake Road because of speeding. The suspect fled, reaching a speed of 86 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone before continuing down Kenwood Road with no lights on and eventually traveling 115 miles per hour, according to a report.

Near South Kite Lake Road, the suspect entered the curve headed toward New Hope Road and the deputy lost visual briefly but then ran over some vehicle debris. The deputy then looked to the left and saw a vehicle that had just been involved in a rollover crash. The vehicle was lying upside down and smoking, with no one visible inside because airbags had been deployed.

The lone occupant of the vehicle was Karl Scutt, 36, of Fayetteville. He was arrested and charged with fleeing/eluding law enforcement, speeding, reckless driving, a seat belt violation, a headlight violation, and failure to maintain lane. He was not injured in the wreck, although his car was severely damaged according to officials.

Elsewhere in Fayette County, a traffic stop was made Feb. 5 in the area of Hwy. 85 and Banks Crossing. The investigation showed that the suspect was an unlicensed driver and also had an outstanding warrant out of Florida for failure to appear.

A search of the vehicle revealed small bags of suspected marijuana and some drug-related items as well as a Smith & Wesson firearm between the driver’s seat and the front console. A computer check showed that the gun was stolen.

Anquon Axe, 24, of Jonesboro was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession/use of drug-related objects and no driver’s license according to the Fayette County Jail log.

A deputy on general patrol Feb. 7 along Hwy. 54 shortly after midnight spotted a suspicious vehicle parked outside a closed business. The man inside the vehicle said that he could not drink alcoholic beverages at home so he drove to this location to sit and drink.

A white powdery substance was observed on his face and clothing. The suspect acknowledged that the substance was cocaine. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced a container with cocaine in it as well as a straw with powdery residue. Three small plastic bags on the passenger’s seat also contained cocaine.

Garry Poe, 54, of Fayetteville was arrested on a felony drug charge as well as loitering and prowling.