2 Arrested In Whitfield County After 100-MPH Car Chase In Stolen Vehicle Containing Meth Lab

Thursday, April 18, 2013
James W. Mears,
James W. Mears,

Two people have been arrested after a high-speed car chase in Whitfield County on Wednesday.

Deputies from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Georgia State Patrol teamed up and were conducting concentrated traffic (speed) details on Wednesday. Speeds were being checked on county roads and on I-75. 

While checking speeds on I-75, at 9:45 a.m., a gray Honda was clocked at 85 mph traveling southbound on I-75. When a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding, it failed to yield and sped up, and continued traveling south on the interstate. During the chase, the driver of the Honda begin throwing what appeared to be paper type items from the vehicle. The suspect’s speed during the chase was in excess of 100 miles per hour. 

The suspect vehicle ran off the right side of the interstate south of the W. Nance Springs Road and struck a tree. The two occupants fled from the vehicle, but were apprehended after a short foot chase.

Upon checking the registration on the vehicle it was found to be stolen from East Ridge a couple of days earlier. Upon searching the vehicle a “shake & Bake” type meth lab was discovered in the vehicle. Dangerous chemicals had to be removed from the vehicle and turned over to a hazardous material team from Augusta, Ga. 

Two officers involved in the arrest and initial search of the vehicle had to be decontaminated due to the chemical presence on the suspects and in the vehicle.

The two suspects have been identified as James W. Mears, 34. of Spring City, Tn., and Christopher L. Coleman, 37, of Hixson. 

Both are being held for a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and for bringing stolen property into the state of Georgia. In addition, Mears is also charged with numerous traffic violations.     

Christopher L. Coleman
Christopher L. Coleman


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