The Newnan Times-Herald


Crime Briefs: Driver leads deputies on high-speed chase

  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Dec. 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Crime Briefs: Driver leads deputies on high-speed chase


Rashawn Kahill Johnson, Joshua Louis Abbott

A Newnan man remains behind bars in the Coweta County Jail after allegedly leading sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase in a stolen SUV.

Rashawn Kahill Johnson, 23, was arrested around 1 a.m. Monday by deputies with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer, felony fleeing and attempting to elude police, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of marijuana, reckless driving and obstruction of an officer, according to officials with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

According to police reports, Johnson passed a deputy in the southbound lanes of Interstate 85. The deputy ran the plate and discovered the SUV was stolen out of Portsmouth, Va.

CCSO deputies attempted to stop the SUV at mile marker 49, but Johnson kept going and at one time was traveling more than 100 mph, changing lanes and almost hitting other cars, according to the report.

Johnson got off the interstate at Exit 47 before continuing at speeds of more than 100 mph down Bullsboro Drive, and running several red lights before turning left on Greison Trail, the report stated.

According to police documents, a CCSO deputy attempted to perform a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or PIT maneuver, but Johnson allegedly was able to maintain control of the vehicle and continued toward East Broad Street where he attempted to hit a deputy as the law enforcement officer was putting a spike strip into the roadway.

The deputy was not hurt in the incident.

Johnson continued down East Broad Street where he lost control of the SUV as he attempted to turn onto Pinson Street and struck a utility pole, the report said.

Johnson jumped out of the SUV and tried to run from law enforcement officers, but was quickly caught after being tased, according to the report.

CCSO deputies found two bags of marijuana in Johnson’s pants pocket, police documents stated.

Johnson was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital to be checked out before being transported to the Coweta County Jail.

The Newnan Police Department assisted CCSO in the incident.

Man impersonates police officer

A Newnan man is facing charges of impersonating a police officer after deputies with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office discovered him wearing uniforms and equipment with the logo of area law enforcement agencies.

Joshua Louis Abbott, 25, was arrested last week and charged with impersonating a police officer and possession of methamphetamine, according to the police documents.

Abbott was spotted walking down Smith Road near Highway 16 wearing a tactical vest with the Carroll County Sheriff’s logo on it, the report stated.

Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators stopped Abbott and discovered he had a pellet gun, several knives, a sweater with the CCSO logo on it and a bag of meth in his possession, according to the police report.   

When deputies asked Abbott why he had the police gear, he reportedly said he was “heading into the woods to go hunting.”

Abbott also had an active arrest warrant from the Franklin Police Department, the report stated. He was taken into custody and placed in the Coweta County Jail.