Jermaine Fitzgearl Strickland, 37, of Powder Springs, was charged by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with failure to obey a traffic control device, driving without a license, unsafe operation of a motorcycle, no proof of insurance, improper passing, driving on the wrong side of the road, attempting to elude a police officer, speeding using all lanes while fleeing, reckless driving and improper lane change.
A Georgia State Patrol operator said the Atlanta Police Department and metro Atlanta GSP units have been targeting motorcyclists driving recklessly and “ran two guys this way.” He said the chase started in Gordon County off the interstate, with one cyclist breaking away. He did not know if the other cyclist had been caught. A GSP operator in Gordon County said no arrest of a motorcyclist had been made there on Wednesday.
At one point Strickland was clocked by a trooper at 170 mph. The operator said a video showed Strickland almost crashing in Catoosa County, at which point he “got scared” and pulled over to be arrested.
Strickland was still in the Whitfield County Jail Thursday afternoon and was expected to have a bond hearing Friday.