A Commerce man faces a myriad of charges after he reportedly led deputies on an extensive high speed chase over multiple roads last weekend.
Danny Eugene Adams, 41, 694 Blacks Creek Church Road, was charged with one count each of open container in vehicle, stalking, fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, speeding, failure to drive within a single lane, reckless driving, reckless conduct, DUI/alcohol, obstruction of an officer, driving on the wrong side of the road, habitual violator, no insurance, suspended registration, possession of marijuana, failure to stop for a stop sign, turning position; signals required, and windshields and windshield wipers, cracked windshield.
According to the incident report, Deputy Jason Luke was patrolling an area of Neese Commerce Road just after midnight Sunday morning, Aug. 17, when he saw a car approaching him at a high rate of speed and clocked it at 70 mph (in a 45 mph zone) as it went by. As he followed the vehicle, he spotted other deputies behind him, also in pursuit, and learned that the vehicle had failed to stop for a license check earlier on Neese-Commerce Road.
The vehicle crossed Hwy. 106 and headed down Diamond Hill Neese Road turning right onto Hwy. 29 South toward Athens with deputies still in pursuit.
The vehicle eventually turned onto Old Danielsville Road and soon crossed into Athens-Clarke County. At this point, Luke said he was close enough to report the tag number and was told that ACC police officers were ahead of them preparing to deploy “stop sticks.”
As they continued pursuit, the vehicle began to weave in and out of oncoming traffic, according to the report, almost striking several vehicles head on.
The “stop sticks” placed near the Huddle House on Danielsville Road were successful in deflating both front tires. The suspect then reportedly turned into the Exxon station next door, jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area. Deputies apprehended him a short while later and identified him as Adams, whom Luke said he had dealt with in the past.
A search of the vehicle yielded open beer cans and a marijuana cigarette.
A female passenger in the car was detained for questioning and later released.
Adams was taken to the Madison County Jail and booked on the charges, which included two previous active warrants.
— For a list of people arrested in Madison County last week, see our print edition.