February 21, 2014

Chase reaches 133 mph, motorcyclist jailed

Rachel Brown

— A Dalton man remains in the Murray County jail after leading authorities on a high-speed chase Wednesday that at one point reached 133 mph through a 50 mph zone, according to reports.

A booking report from the jail states Larry Dewayne Griggs, 31, 4671 Old Dixie Highway, was charged Wednesday by the Georgia State Patrol with obstruction of an officer, possession of meth, possession of oxycodone, having an expired vehicle tag or decal, driving while license is suspended or revoked, having a fraudulent driver’s license or identification card, no insurance, speeding of 133 mph in a 50 mph zone, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, improper passing, failure to drive within a single lane, following too closely and failure to stop for a stop sign.

According to information on the state Department of Corrections website, Griggs has faced similar charges before. He was paroled in July after being sentenced in Gordon County in 2012 for fleeing from police and being a “habitual traffic violator.” He has also been in prison on charges of meth possession and impersonating someone.

In a written statement, the Georgia State Patrol said Griggs on Wednesday fled from a traffic stop on Ga. Highway 225 where he was pulled over for allegedly speeding and having no registration. At some point, he ran but was later caught, officials said.

According to the state patrol, Griggs’ driver’s license was suspended in 2001, and he had someone else’s driver’s license on him and had no insurance. Officials said he didn’t own the motorcycle he was riding but the vehicle also hadn’t been reported stolen at the time and officials haven’t been able to locate the person believed to be the owner.

A jail spokeswoman said Griggs was given an $8,750 bond in court but was unable to get out immediately because of a parole hold.