By Patrick Yost
A Madison man faces a host of traffic violations and other charges after he allegedly led a Madison Police Department on a high-speed chase that began on West Washington Street and ended when the man’s 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee quit running near Speed Lane.
Justin Wade Parker, 30, was charged with habitual violator, DUI, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of open container, failure to stop at a stop sign, Georgia hands free act, improper passing and failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian.
Reports state that on Saturday, June 29 at 2:45 p.m. an officer on stationary patrol on West Washington Street allegedly observed Parker drive by while speaking into a cell phone in his hand. The officer attempted to perform a traffic stop, however, Parker failed to yield to two pedestrians in the crosswalk at Academy Street. The officer activated sirens, however, Parker failed to stop and, reports state, accelerated on Georgia Highway 83 towards Bostwick.
Reports state that the officer allegedly observed Parker pass two vehicles in a no passing area. The officer used his radio to seek advisement from supervisors regarding the chase. He reported that at Doster Lane Parker’s speed had reached 110 mph. While the officer was waiting for direction, he noted that Parker’s vehicle backfired and began operating erratically near Speed Lane. The Jeep stopped and the officer, with service weapon drawn, ordered Parker from the vehicle.
After Parker was detained, reports state, the officer reported finding eight empty Fireball whiskey shot bottles in the vehicle along with one partially consumed cold Bud Light.