Chase ends peacefully

Fri, 08/03/2007 - 12:21pm
By: John Munford

UPDATE: Suspect stopped at lights, signs and used turn signals

A Fayetteville man led deputies on a brief low-speed chase Friday afternoon in north Fayette County, but he gave up after encountering a roadblock of law enforcement vehicles, police said.

Randy W. Rattery, 51, also had one of the tires on his truck flattened by none other than Fayette County Sheriff Randall Johnson, who used stop sticks to help slow him down.

Prior to Johnson’s intervention, Rattery was driving at speeds up to 50 and 60 mph, but after the tire was flattened by the spikes of the stop sticks he slowed down to about 20 mph, said Capt. Bryan Woodie of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Throughout the pursuit, Rattery stopped at stop lights and stop signs, and he also used his turn signal, but deputies were unable to get ahead of Rattery and box him in, Woodie said.

But when Rattery came upon the roadblock, his truck went off the road into a ditch, and deputies “encouraged” him to exit the vehicle before arresting him, Woodie said.

After leaving the truck Rattery apologized to the deputies for not stopping, Woodie said.
A deputy initially tried to stop Rattery on Kenwood Road near north Fayette Elementary School, as the deputy knew Rattery’s license had been suspended, Woodie said. Rattery pulled over once but took off just after the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, Woodie said.

Rattery was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, driving with a suspended license and driving with an expired tag. The pursuit went on Ga. Highway 92, Davis Road, Wagon Wheel Trail and Westbridge Road before it ended, Woodie said.

Deputies declined to charge Rattery with littering even though two beer cans were thrown out of the vehicle during the pursuit, Woodie said.

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Submitted by bladderq on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 9:25pm.

I think this is 2 for the Sheriff. If Lt. Col. (almost a general) Jordan had been around that bird would have been up and you are right there would be expensive video of the beer cans comin' out the window.

I'm glad the Sheriff is such good shape because he's got some over weight deputies. The county EMS guys have to work out. The COPter guys at the Tour de GA did look fit & quite jaunty in the flight suits & shoulder holsters...just in case they do land to make a collar.

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 4:52pm.

Good Job. No wonder you guys are so tough. The sheriff is out in the field working with you. You have to be on your game. How old is our sheriff anyway? Not that it matters he obviously is in great shape.

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Submitted by Danbertex on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 4:19pm.

51 years old...lives in Fayette County. Brain fart? Nah, for something this stupid, only alchol abuse can explain an otherwise rational man going nuts. So sad. Get treatment Mr. Rattery, before you injure yourself or someone else. It only gets worse from here, believe me.

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