On 6/14/14 at 2300 hrs BCSO patrol deputies responded to the area of SR 67 for a vehicle pursuit entering the county from Bryan County on I-16. Bryan County Sheriff’s deputies had attempted to stop a vehicle which then fled westbound on I-16. A trooper from the Georgia State Patrol was able to intercept the vehicle, a Chevrolet Cruze, near the SR 67/ I-16 interchange and the vehicle again refused to stop. The pursuit continued northbound towards Statesboro on SR 67.
BCSO deputies were determined to prevent the fleeing vehicle from entering Statesboro, since the potential for a high speed crash in a heavily built up area was very high. Deputies set up spike strips on SR 67 near the Kiwanus Fairgrounds. The fleeing driver observed the trap, turned around in the middle of SR 67, and intentionally backed into a BCSO patrol car. The driver then fled into the Hammocks Subdivision where he recklessly drove behind homes and through yards before attempting to regain the highway. A trooper and deputy were able to strike the violator’s vehicle with their own and push it into the ditch. The driver, later identified as Ernest Graham (33 yoa, 59th Street, Savannah Ga), then fled on foot. When confronted by troopers and deputies, Graham physically struck and fought them until subdued by use of a Taser. The passenger, Shavika Williams (31 yoa, 59th Street, Savannah Ga), was taken into custody without incident. A subsequent search revealed a quantity of cocaine and also marijuana in the vehicle.
Graham is charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana (misd), 4 cts of Felony Obstruction of Law Enforcement, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, Speeding (124 in a 55), DUI, Driving while License Suspended, Open Container, and Criminal Trespass. Williams is charged with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana (misd).