Dahlonega Man Charged for Attempting to Ram Cobb Police in Chase

December 13, 2023
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🚔 The Gist: A pursuit in Cobb County led to the arrest of Robert Shirling, 50, of Dahlonega, Tuesday after he allegedly tried to ram a police vehicle and evaded officers, resulting in a series of collisions and his eventual capture in downtown Atlanta.

🔍 The Details: The incident began near Sandtown Road and Hollyridge Drive in Cobb County, when officers attempted to stop Shirling’s Jeep Gladiator. Shirling allegedly refused to stop, attempted to ram an officer, and fled, leading to a chase through Atlanta.

Police say Shirling collided with two vehicles at Northside Drive and 17th Street, and a third on Howell Mill Road. A Cobb County Police DUI Task Force Officer then executed a PIT maneuver, causing the Jeep to roll over, ultimately ending up on its roof with a patrol car on top of it.

🛑 Why It Matters: Such incidents raise concerns about public safety and the balance between apprehending suspects and ensuring the safety of bystanders.

🚑 What’s Next?: Shirling, who sustained minor injuries, faces multiple charges including Aggravated Assault and Reckless Driving. His case will proceed through the legal system, potentially bringing to light more details about the incident and the decisions made during the pursuit.

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