An early morning vehicle pursuit on Sunday, July 16th, ended with a mother in jail and her children taken to hospitals.
Just before 6:30 AM a Deputy with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office near mile marker 41 on I 85 North, spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and bouncing from lane to lane cutting between vehicles. The deputy informed dispatch and began trying to catch up with the vehicle.
The deputy was able to catch up with the vehicle just past the 44 mile marker and activated their lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the already speeding vehicle. In response the driver of the vehicle increased their speed and began waiving their hands out of the driver side window.
While deputies continued their attempt to stop the vehicle, dispatch notified agencies ahead of the pursuit including the Newnan Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol. Around mile marker 51 a marked unit from the Georgia State Patrol joined the pursuit.
The Georgia State Patrol released the following statement regarding the remaining of the pursuit and it’s termination.
On July 16, 2023 at approximately 06:33am, Troopers were notified that the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office was pursuing a vehicle traveling north on Interstate 85. Troopers became primary in the pursuit and performed a PIT maneuver on the fleeing white 2015 Kia Sportage near mile marker 53 on Interstate 85 north. The suspect vehicle exited the roadway onto the east shoulder area of Interstate 85 and struck an embankment and trees causing the vehicle to overturn. In the process of overturning, two children ages 6 and 10 were ejected from the vehicle. The 10-year-old girl was airlifted to Egelston Hospital. In total, there were five children in the vehicle with no child safety seats plus the driver. The remaining children were taken to Egelston by ambulance with minor injuries. The driver, Niesha Jackson was taken into custody on scene.
As stated above, the Mother, Niesha Jackson, 31 of Prattville, Alabama, was arrested by the GSP and booked into the Coweta County Jail on the following charges.
FLEEING/ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE POLICE OFFICER, Felony
SERIOUS INJURY BY VEHICLE, Felony
IMPROPER TURN (SIGNALS REQUIRED), Misdemeanor
NO PROOF OF INSURANCE, Misdemeanor
SAFETY BELTS ; REQUIRED USAGE, Misdemeanor
Jackson was denied bond by Judge Stokely during her first appearance and so remains incarcerated at the Coweta County Jail.
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