After a long chase involving three patrol vehicles, 19-year-old Gabriel Lanier was charged Monday afternoon with failure to maintain lane, obedience to a traffic control device, speeding, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violation, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, driving while unlicensed, fleeing and attempting to elude, and three counts of second-degree cruelty to children.
Cpl. Tommy Grier was traveling South on Hwy. 279 when he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the two-door black 2008 Honda Accord in front of him. The car failed to maintain its lane, and Grier activated his siren to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of Hwy. 279 and Hwy. 85, according to Grier’s arrest report.
It was clear Lanier was not pulling over, as “stop sticks” were deployed in an effort to end the pursuit. Although Lanier made positive contact with the stop sticks with all four tires on Corinth Rd., that’s not where the chase ended.
Lanier continued to flee, straddling the center lane of Simpson Rd., failing to come to a halt at the stop sign when his Accord reached Morning Creek Way, and traveling on the wrong side of the road in the curve just before reaching Hwy. 54 East.
When Lanier was forced to a stop with another patrol car in front of him, he put the vehicle in reverse, pushing Grier, who had exited his vehicle, back into his patrol car. Another patrol car pulled to the driver’s side of Lanier’s vehicle on Hwy. 54 East, immobilizing the Honda Accord.
Lanier and the front passenger, Elijah Lanier, were both secured and detained. The three children in the back were “visibly frightened and crying uncontrollably,” according to the arrest report.
The 9-year-old male, 8-year-old female and 2-month-old male were uninjured in the collision. Their mother was contacted and responded to the scene to pick up her children. Elijah was released from the scene without charges.