(Ephesus, GA) — A Carroll County man is in the Heard County jail today after taking a vehicle from a local resident’s yard and leading a Heard County deputy on a high speed car chase earlier this week.
Michael Ellis Batchelor, age 21,of Carrollton is charged with Theft by Taking (motor vehicle), Entering Auto, Speeding, Passing in a No Passing Zone, Reckless Driving, Fleeing & Attempting to Elude, and Violation of Probation.
Michael Ellis Batchelor
The chase began around 3:15 PM Monday afternoon when Cpl. Cain Dean spotted a suspicious man on the front porch of a HWY 100 north home near Roosterville Road.
After Cpl. Dean got behind the man as he pulled from the driveway in the stolen vehicle (a 2006 Buick), Batchelor proceeded to lead Dean on a high-speed chase up HWY 100 through the city of Ephesus.
Dean estimates the man reached speeds of at least 100-120 MPH during the chase. Dean had to back off the chase while maintaining sight of the stolen vehicle as they passed through the city of Ephesus and near Ephesus Elementary school.
The chase did not end until Batchelor took a left on Hwy 5 and proceeded to crash the stolen vehicle near stateline road in Carroll County.
Following the crash, Batchelor fled the vehicle and led Dean along with two Carroll County deputies on a foot chase for several hundred yards before he was finally apprehended.
According to reports, at that point Batchelor tried to stab himself several times with a knife but was not seriously injured. The case is still under investigation and no bond has been issued as of this morning.
Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information as it becomes available.