Traffic Stop, Chase and Crash in Rabun County; One Fleeing Suspect Later Found Dead.


One man is dead and a woman is in jail after a traffic stop and subsequent chase in Rabun County Monday morning.

Just before 8 a.m., a trooper stopped a car for speeding on Georgia Highway 15 near Lofty Branch Road.

That’s according to a statement from Sergeant First Class Oneal Saddler of Georgia State Patrol Post 7 Toccoa.

According to that statement:

The trooper noted an odor of marijuana from inside the car and requested assistance from Rabun County Sheriff’s Office.

While GSP was having the female driver exit the car, the male passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and fled the traffic stop in the car.

As the trooper pursued the car south on Georgia 15, the driver threw multiple packages from the vehicle while fleeing.

The trooper successfully conducted a PIT maneuver in order to stop the reckless car, but the suspect’s car struck an embankment then the trooper’s car.

The male got out of the car and fled on foot. He was last seen in the water of the river near Tallulah Falls.

The man’s body was located submerged in water in Tallulah Falls Monday afternoon. His name is being withheld pending identification.

The woman, whose license was in possession of the trooper, was arrested.

GSP will have no further statement at this time.

The Clarkesville City Council is excited about an upcoming visioning session led by Lew Oliver and associates of Lew Oliver Inc. The mission of the firm is to create “Whole Town Solutions”.

Oliver says this year’s volunteer project by the firm will involve a master plan of Clarkesville, a calibration of downtown transportation and circulation, a look at retail, a look at landscape, and many perspectives.

Councilman Franklin Brown cites Oliver’s work in places like Roswell, Woodstock, and south of Atlanta at Trilith (originally Pinewood Atlanta), a project of Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy and others.

0:32 {BROWN: “Clarkesville has a world of history and we have not fully capitalized on it. We need some direction. This is totally different. This will bring in a concept to plan this growth for Clarkesville and parts of Habersham County into the future – not what we’ve done, but what’s going to fit best to showcase what’s been done, what we’ve had.”}

Oliver says his whole team will be in Clarkesville for the project that will take place the week of June 21.

And, the Clarkesville City Council has approved the renaming of a downtown street for longtime businessman David Irvin.

The section of Bridge Street between Grant Street and East Water Street now officially is known as Irvin Lane.

Irvin owns and operates Clarkesville Motors.