Car flies apart as man flees deputies



T. Michael Stone


A Sparta man is in jail after leading Greene and Hancock county deputies on chase down Hwy 15 and Hwy 22 as his car literally fell apart.

In the process he broke more laws than anyone in recent memory.

Quantayvious Shevorkus Lamar, 32, was charged with 16 offenses after his arrest on March 29.

Sergeant Brett Rutledge first saw Lamar’s Nissan Maxima pass by as he was sitting at Aisha’s restaurant on Highway 15 in Siloam.

According to the incident report, Rutledge heard the car accelerate rapidly as it passed. Rutledge pulled out onto the roadway and saw the car pass several vehicles in a no passing zone.

He pursued with lights flashing and siren wailing and tried to conduct a traffic stop near the intersection of Hwy 154 and English Road.

Lamar fled and and Rutledge pursued at speeds in excess of 120 mph in an area with a speed limit of 55 mph.

The Nissan was all over the road, according to Rutledge and at one point the cover of the sun roof flew off and fell into the roadway.

Rutledge continued his pursuit into White Plains at speeds near 100 mph in an area with a 35 mph speed limit.

As Rutledge got closer, he could see a tag with the words “Test Drive” on it with no registration numbers.

The pursuit continued into Hancock County where Hancock deputies joined the chase.

Lamar entered Sparta and took a right onto Hwy 22.

While traveling through the county seat of Hancock County, the hood of the Nissan came loose and opened up onto the windshield of the vehicle, obstructing the driver’s ability to see.

According to the incident report, Lamar was seen hanging out the window at speed between 100 mph and 102 mph as he continued to flee.

At the intersection of Hwy 22 and Church St., Lamar lost control and crashed into a ditch. Shortly thereafter, he climbed out the car and fled on foot.

Rutledge stopped his car and pursued Lamar on foot, all the while ordering Lamar to stop running. Lamar leapt over a fence off Main St. and Rutledge followed through a field and behind a church where he finally gave up.

When Rutledge ran the Nissan’s registration, he found that the car’s registration was suspended and it had no valid insurance.

A search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of marijuana and a BB rifle.

Rutledge also found a small amount of marijuana in a bag by the fence Lamar jumped over.

He also learned that Lamar was wanted in Hancock County for aggravated assault.

Lamar was charged with passing in a no passing zone, failure to maintain lane, unsecure load, reckless driving, suspended registration, no insurance, license, failure to carry and display license on demand, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), driving while view obstructed, fleeing or attempting to elude, tampering with evidence, obstruction, driving on the wrong side of the road, violation of seatbelt requirements and violation of seatbelt requirements.


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