Suspect takes circuitous route to jail
by Wes Mayer
A driver was arrested Wednesday after attempting to flee from officers in a car chase through Senoia.
The chase began around 8 p.m. when Sgt. James McCue with the Senoia Police Department, sitting at Morningside Boulevard, observed the driver of a Honda Accord traveling northbound on Rockaway Road flick his high beams on and off.
According to his police report, McCue believed the Accord could potentially blind other drivers, and he turned on his lights and siren to stop the driver for failing to dim lights.
However, the driver of the Accord, later identified as Jeremiah Sanquize Baker, 24, accelerated to around 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, McCue said. For the next nine minutes, a car chase ensued, circling around and throughout Senoia.
McCue first pursued Baker northbound on Rockaway Road into Peachtree City. When Baker reached State Route 74, he turned right and drove to State Route 85 — running a red light at Redwine Road. Baker then turned right onto SR 85 and headed back into Coweta County.
According to McCue’s report, at this point in the chase, Sgt. Randall Burns attempted to deploy stop sticks on SR 85 to take out Baker’s tires, but Baker was able to avoid them. Baker continued and later turned right onto Seavy Street to head westbound into the city of Senoia.
Baker’s vehicle reached speeds of approximately 70 mph throughout Senoia, failing to stop for multiple stop signs, McCue said.
From driving westbound on Seavy Street (not stopping at any stop sign): right on Johnson Street; right on Bridge Street; left on Middle Street; right on Coweta Street; left on Ray Street; left on Main Street; right on Johnson Street; left on Pylant Street; left on Seavy Street; (at this time, Officer Zach Heinberg attempted to block the intersection of Seavy Street and Baggarly Way, but Baker was able to avoid him, McCue said.); right on Baggerly Way; left on Travis Street (according to McCue’s report, Police Chief Jason Edens became the lead car in pursuit at this point.); right on Clark Street; right on Morgan Street; left on Bridge Street; right on State Route 16 (Wells Street); right on Broad Street; and left on Morgan Street
And finally, Baker gave up the chase and pulled into a driveway on the 100 block of Morgan Street. According to the report, McCue approached the Accord with his firearm and issued commands to the driver and the two other passengers in the vehicle. Baker did not comply by exiting the car so Edens opened the door, pulled him out and placed Baker down on the ground so he could be handcuffed. The two passengers, who were later released, were removed from the vehicle as well. It was discovered Baker initially fled for a suspended license for a failure to appear in court charge. Baker was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, multiple stop sign violations, failure to dim lights and driving with a suspended license.
He complained of stomach pain and pain on his face — according to McCue, Baker had two small abrasions near his left eyebrow — from ending up on the ground after the pursuit, and he was transported to Piedmont-Newnan Hospital before the Coweta County Jail.
The Accord was turned over to the owner, who happened to live at the residence on Morgan Street where Baker ended the chase.
The entire chase spanned around eight miles in nine minutes, ranged in speeds from 30 to 100 mph and involved four Senoia Police Department officers, McCue said. There were no injuries to officers or damage to property.