Media release: On Monday, September 25, 2017 at approximately 12:58 a.m. on Interstate 75 South Bound near mile marker 289, units responded in reference to a tractor trailer fire. One of the responding officers was positioned next to their patrol vehicle, when a green Toyota sedan drove up in the lane where the marked patrol vehicle was parked, at a high rate of speed. The officer put their hand up to the vehicle and made eye contact with the driver, and the female driver finally stopped the car. The green sedan then attempted to squeeze through emergency vehicles that were positioned on scene. The green sedan narrowly missed the parked patrol unit while negotiating the space. The female driver failed to respond to repeated commands to stop the vehicle, and continued toward the officer, accelerating to a high rate of speed.
The officer had to push off of the vehicle (green sedan) and roll to the side to keep from being pinned in between the sedan and the marked unit. The sedan accelerated and swerved around other emergency vehicles on scene and continued southbound on Interstate 75.
The vehicle continued approximately a quarter of a mile hitting speeds of over 90 miles per hour. The vehicle exited at East Main Street and turned right. The vehicle disregarded the stop sign and took the turn at a high rate of speed, nearly striking another vehicle. The vehicle spun out near Canyon Parkway, and officers with the Cartersville Police Department and units from the Georgia State Patrol made contact and placed the suspect, Ms. Aaliyah Saahir under arrest.
The female had a very strong odor of alcohol on her person, and was transported to the Bartow County Jail by Georgia State Patrol.
Ms. Saahir was issued a warrant for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer through the City of Cartersville Police Department.