April 12, 2024


A Henagar Alabama woman, wanted in Walker County was arrested this week after leaving the scene of an accident while driving under the influence with children in the vehicle. This week, the Ider 911 Center received a call of a wreck near the Georgia State line. Shortly after that call, an additional call was received where the caller stated that the wrecked vehicle was now attempting to be towed away from the scene with a chain and that both occupants of the vehicle were intoxicated. Officers with the Ider Police Department checked the area and observed the vehicles at County Rd. 141 and Hwy. 117. They saw the vehicle still being in tow with a chain connected to the wrecked vehicle. An officer initiated a traffic stop on both vehicles for driving on the wrong side of the road. Officers smelled alcohol coming from both vehicles. The driver of the towing vehicle was identified as Jaya Sullivan. Once officers looked in her vehicle, he saw a passenger and two small children in car seats. It was also discovered that Sullivan had an active warrant for probation violation with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and did not have a driver’s license.

Sullivan was administered a standardized field sobriety test and a preliminary breath test. Officials say the breath test results showed that she was over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. The vehicle that was being towed was being operated by a juvenile who was also under the influence of alcohol, officials say. The juvenile being towed was released to his mother and the two children were released to their father. The Department of Human Resources was contacted in reference to the juveniles involved. Sullivan was arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and she was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of driving under the influence-alcohol.

She has since been released on a $3,000 bond.


A new state record for Rock Bass has been caught in South Chickamauga Creek. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, Jeffrey Forester of Rossville caught the new state record. The fish was caught on Saturday. Nearly 11 inches in length and weighing exactly one pound. Forester says he hooked the state record on his second cast of the day.


Three felony arrests in Walker County on Wednesday. 56-year-old Evonne Michelle Shirley faces charges of violation of probation, possession of a controlled substance and meth.


Early voting for the May 21st general primary starts at the end of the month. April 29th offers 3 weeks of advance voting before the primary. Monday April 22nd – Ten days from today is the last day to register to vote in the primary.