Fayette County


Traffic stop ends with chase, multiple charges

A passenger headlight out on a Pontiac G6 Feb.8 led the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office into a chase on Ga. Highway 314.

In the report on the incident, Sheriff’s officials eventually charged Rashad Parris, 25 of Snellville, with 19 charges, including speeding, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, reckless driving , obstruction of an officer, and fleeing.

The incident started at 6:55 p.m. at Hwy. 314, near the Auto Zone store where deputies noticed the headlight was out. Deputies activated their lights near the highway’s intersection with Windy Hill Road, but the car did not stop.

The vehicle continued down Hwy. 314 at a normal pace, until it turned onto Kenwood Road.

“While traveling on Kenwood Road, Parris’ driving behavior became dangerous and reckless with Parris increasing his speed. While traveling on this road Parris was observed passing in a no passing zone and was paced at speeds as high as 69 mph. The posted speed limit for Kenwood Road is 35 mph. Once Parris reached the intersection on Kenwood Road and Hwy. 279 he made a right hand turn onto Hwy. 279 to travel south. As he made the turn he crossed over the double solid lines that divide Kenwood Road, thus failing to maintain lane, and ran through the stop where Kenwood Road meets Hwy. 279,” the report indicated.

The report notes that Parris was paced at speeds as high as 73 mph in a 55 mph zone and passed multiple vehicles on the wrong side of the road before running a red light for Hwy. 279 at its intersection with Hwy. 85, making a right hand turn from the wrong side of the road. 

“It should be noted that traffic was actively proceeding south through the listed intersection as Parris made the illegal turn,” read the report.

“From here Parris continued south on Highway 85. While traveling South, Parris made a sudden and abrupt right hand turn from the center lane into the parking lot of the Rainbow Center at a speed that was too fast for the safe operation of the vehicle. The turn was made so fast that Parris temporarily lost control of his vehicle and slid across the pavement, striking a curb. Parris then proceeded to travel north at a high rate of speed through the parking lot of the Rainbow Center, again showing a complete disregard for the safety of pedestrians who might be in the area. It should be noted that in doing so Parris drove through the parking area for the 24 hour gym at this location. The gym is known to have clients using their facility at all hours of the day and night. Once Parris reached the end of the parking lot for the Rainbow Center he exited back on to Hwy 85 and proceeded South. By this time additional units from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office had arrived on scene to assist,” the report notes.

The report said Parris continued his reckless driving until he proceeded to crossover into the north bound lanes of travel for Hwy. 85 at its intersection with Roberts Road. 

Immediately after crossing into the north bound lanes and driving against the flow of traffic, Parris lost control of the vehicle and veered into the grassy culvert that divided Hwy. 85. Once in the culvert, the Pontiac proceeded to roll over into the grassy area.

A short time later Parris was located in an adjacent parking lot by deputies and was taken into custody.