Gainesville Man Facing Charges in Stephens and Franklin County After High Speed Chase

August 23, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


A disgruntled former employee at a Toccoa car dealership finds himself in jail facing multiple charges after a high-speed chase late Tuesday night that ended in Lavonia.

It happened about 11p Tuesday night and according to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, and began with an alleged auto theft at Maypole Chevrolet on Big A Road in Toccoa.

Shirley said the suspect sped down SR17 into Martin where Shirley said he picked up the case with fellow officers.

“I live in Martin so I went up the road and met him, but he wouldn’t stop,” Shirley said

That’s where Lavonia Police picked up the chase, according to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle.

“My officers set up in a location on SR17 and deployed stop sticks to disable the tires on the vehicle,” said Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle.

Lavonia officers threw the stop sticks into the road at the intersection of SR17 and 59 in downtown Lavonia.

Carlisle said that caused the vehicle to blow three tires, which caused the suspect to lose control of the SUV, narrowly missing one of the officers

Authorities say the suspect then got out after he crashed in front of the AutoZone Distribution Center and ran but was tazed by officers and arrested.

He is identified as 32-year old Shannon DeWayne Brock of Gainesville.

In Stephens County, Brock is charged with auto theft, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude, burglary and criminal damage in the second degree.

In Lavonia, Brock is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, interference with government property, felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and criminal damage to property.

Brock is being held in the Stephens County jail.