Two patrol vehicles damaged after high-speed pursuit

City Police, News
Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at approximately 3:15 p.m., Hiawassee Police Department Detective Brandon Barrett observed a subject known to have an active arrest warrant, driving eastbound on South Main Street. Detective Barrett was on patrol at the time the subject was spotted.

Detective Barrett and the Towns County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop near Chatuge Way.

After initially stopping for the officers, the driver of the vehicle made a U-turn, striking the front of Detective Barrett’s patrol vehicle.

The driver, Angela Michelle Capozzoli of Hiawassee, proceeded to flee westbound on South Main Street at a high rate of speed.

Hiawassee Police Department and Towns County Sheriff’s Office pursued the fleeing vehicle to Bugscuffle Road, where Capozzoli struck both patrol vehicles with her vehicle, disabling one.

Hiawassee Police Department continued to pursue Capozzoli to Bugscuffle Spur, where the subject turned onto a dirt road, unable to proceed in the occupied vehicle.

Capozzoli exited the vehicle, fleeing on foot into a heavily wooded area where officers lost contact .

At approximately 9:00 p.m., Capozzoli was located and apprehended after a short foot pursuit by Hiawassee Police Department Sergeant Tracy James and Officer John Carter.

“I am incredibly thankful that no one was injured during the pursuit,” Hiawassee Police Chief Chief Paul Smith said, “Acts of aggression towards law enforcement officers of this extreme are rare in Hiawassee, but obviously not impossible. Working together with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to apprehend and bring charges against Capozzoli.”

The Towns County Sheriff’s Office has obtained arrest warrants for Capozzoli. She has been charged with two-counts of Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer, Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, Willful Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer, and two-counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Capozzoli is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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