Update from Floyd County Police:
Police have arrested Kayla Wright following a lengthy search in Cave Spring.
The 51-year-old woman was stopped by police following a look out from Alabama authorities about a vehicle that was taken without permission.
Floyd County PD investigators are assisting with the ongoing investigation at the request of Cave Spring Police Department.
Cave Spring Elementary, Georgia School for the Deaf and Cave Spring Center were all placed on lock down as a result of the pursuit. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
At 11:14 am police were notified of the black Camaro that was taken from Cherokee County, Alabama. It was later observed by an officer on the lot of Dollar General, located at 19 Rome Road.
Major Carl Lively, of Floyd County Police Department, and Officer Brittney O’Bryant, of Cave Spring Police Department, made contact with the driver Kayla Wright. At some point during the interview the driver attempted to escape and used the vehicle as a weapon against the officers.
Officer O’Bryant discharged her weapon at the vehicle engine in an attempt to disable the car, which had reversed at a high rate of speed and struck the Dollar General building. The driver escaped from a window and fled on foot in the direction of the Cave Spring Elementary School.
Officers set a perimeter around the school and neighboring streets for approximately two hours.
Officer Austin Waits (Floyd County PD) observed the suspect running between a set of apartments on Stewart Circle, located near the incident location. She was subsequently arrested without incident. A neighbor reported to police that he observed her taking clothes from a clothes line to disguise her appearance.
From Floyd County Schools: Lockdown lifted at Cave Spring Elementary.
From Floyd Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson: ” Thanks to all the Cave Spring parents and community members for your patience and support during today’s lockdown… Thanks to all the law enforcement officers who kept our kids safe and sound in Cave Spring!”
From Sgt. Chris Fincher and Jerome Poole, Floyd County Police Department:
Alabama authorities reported a woman had taken a car without permission. Cave Spring officers spotted the car at Dollar General and a Floyd County Police officer stopped to help. She, in turn, tried “to use her vehicle as a weapon” and run an officer over. She was stopped again but managed to slip away into the woods near Cave Spring Elementary. Officers don’t think she is armed. (12:50 p.m.)
Georgia School for the Deaf also is under lockdown.
From Floyd County Schools:
ALERT: By recommendation of local law enforcement officials, Cave Spring Elementary has gone into a lockdown as a precautionary safety measure due to an outside incident happening in that community.There is NO current threat to students. We are having a safe and normal school day.
From WRGA 98.7 FM:
Authorities are looking for a female who fled from deputies in the Cave Spring area. Students at Cave Spring Elementary who were participating in a field day have all been taken back inside. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.