On Wednesday, Atlanta Police Department Dispatch received a call concerning a reckless driver on East Main Street.
The caller reported that the vehicle was making multiple U-turns in the roadway and sitting in the roadway with the hazard lights flashing. The caller reported that this had been happening for several minutes prior to reporting it to the police.
Atlanta Police Department Officer Marty Spriggs located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle refused to stop for Officer Spriggs at which time a vehicle pursuit was initiated.
Atlanta Police Department Captain Greg Restelle and Detective Sergeant Jeb Newkirk joined in the pursuit as it turned north on North William Street and continued northbound onto Holly Street towards the Atlanta High School.
The vehicle then turned onto SportsPlex Drive and into the parking lot of Eastwood Apartments where the vehicle struck a parked car. The driver of the vehicle refused to exit and backed into an Atlanta Police Department patrol unit before hitting the same parked vehicle while officers were attempting to remove the driver. This resulted in an Atlanta Officer being injured. The vehicle then accelerated towards another Officer before continuing back onto Holly Street towards East Main Street.
The vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed through Atlanta almost striking multiple vehicles and running vehicles off the road until it reached Loop 59. The vehicle continued to drive at a high rate of speed north on Loop 59 through the intersection at Emma Lena Way and continued into Queen City. Queen City Police Department shut down the intersections in their city so that the pursuit could safely get through.
Officers learned that the vehicle had been stolen earlier in the day out of Texarkana, Texas. The pursuit continued north on US Highway 59 at a very high rate of speed into Bowie County. Spike strips were deployed on the vehicle once in Bowie County.
The vehicle continued to travel north on US Highway 59, swerving onto the wrong side of the highway and into oncoming traffic. Spike strips were deployed again on the vehicle as the pursuit crossed over onto South Lake Drive.
The vehicle then began to swerve from one side of the roadway to the other until it ultimately crashed into multiple vehicles that were in a parking lot in the 2500 block of South Lake Drive. The pursuit also resulted in a Bowie County Sheriff’s cruiser being wrecked. The Deputy was not seriously injured as a result of that crash.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Ashley Nicole Winston, 30, of Texarkana. Winston was transported by LifeNet EMS to Wadley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash and then booked into the Bi-State Justice Facility on one count of Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle. Numerous other charges against Ms. Winston are pending.