Three defendants involved in vehicle chases with law enforcement authorities during the past several months were indicted on criminal charges this week by a Baldwin County grand jury.
One of the defendants was identified by court records as Chavas Amon Ellison, 36, of the 2000 block of Holly Drive, Milledgeville.
Ellison was indicted on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving while license suspended, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at a stop sign, Violation of the Georgia Open Container Law, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The charges against Ellison stem from a vehicle chase and subsequent foot chase between the suspect and Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Towe in 2018.
In a report, the deputy said he attempted to stop Ellison because he was operating his 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck with a defective headlight. The attempted traffic stop took place in the area of Third and South Main streets.
The driver failed to stop and a chase ensued.
A foot chase began when Ellison reportedly jumped out of his truck at the end of Central Avenue.
Although deputies looked for the suspect at the time, they could not find him.
It was not until later that Ellison, who also was wanted on a probation violation warrant at the time, was actually arrested.
A search of his truck, meanwhile, turned up a handgun, which Ellison was not supposed to have in his possession because of a past felony conviction.
In an unrelated case, a chase involving a different person and a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville, led to the defendant being indicted by grand jurors.
The grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Thomas Wayne Blizard.
Grand jurors charged Blizard with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, and improper display of a license plate.
The case was made against Blizard by Trooper Kevin Kirby.
In a separate indictment involving a chase with a state trooper, Kelvin Douglas Byron also was indicted by grand jurors.
Byron was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, improper reduction of speed, improper turn at an intersection, and improper opening of a vehicle door.
The case against Byron was made by GSP Trooper Tyler Easter.
Four other defendants also were indicted by grand jurors on unrelated charges. They included:
- Calvin O’Neal Goddard, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and tampering with evidence.
- Jamesha Elizabeth Whipple, two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
- Jaquez James Johnson, obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
- Byron Keith Willoughby, obstruction of a law enforcement officer.