Police Chase Ends in Serious Crash in Cartersville

Two people were airlifted to Atlanta hospitals.

Two people who apparently tried to outrun police were airlifted to Atlanta hospitals Monday following a chase that ended in a serious crash.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said a trooper about 5:45 p.m. attempted to stop a Honda Accord for an alleged seat belt violation on Highway 41 near Baker Road in Cartersville.

"The vehicle did not stop and made several turns before spinning out," Wright said via email. "The Honda then sideswiped the bumper of the patrol car, left the roadway, traveled through a ditch and a yard before continuing to flee.  

"On Sugar Valley (Road), the Honda passed a vehicle in a curve, swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle, left the roadway, struck a culvert and tree before overturning several times."

Wright said the Accord did not make contact with a police car at the time of crash and no P.I.T. maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, was involved.

The driver, a 26-year-old female, was ejected, and the passenger, a 26-year-old male, was partially ejected from the car. Late Monday night, troopers were working to confirm the identities of the two.

The driver was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries and the passenger, with head injuries, was taken via air ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital.  
When their families are notified, the names of occupants of the car will be released, Wright said. Both are believed to be from the Bartow County area, he added.

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