What could have been a simple traffic violation has landed a LaGrange man behind bars after he fled from police.
According to the LaGrange Police Department, an officer spotted 25-year-old Cordarius Cortez Bailey allegedly not wearing a seat belt while driving a Toyota Camry south on Whitesville Road around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Bailey turned onto Handley Street and the officer followed him. According to the officer, there was a car in between his patrol car and Bailey’s Camry.
According to the police report, this continued as Bailey turned down Dunson Street and continued toward Truitt Avenue, eventually turning onto Dallis Street. The officer said up until this point, he was just watching the vehicle and did not try to stop him.
But on Dallis Street, things changed as Bailey sped away from the patrol car. The officer said the Camry was failing to maintain his lane and that’s when he decided to initiate a traffic stop at Garfield and Lincoln Streets. But Bailey continued, allegedly running the stop sign at the corner of Garfield and Jefferson Streets, moving toward Brownwood Avenue.
According to the report, he turned on his sirens to make sure Bailey saw him, but Bailey allegedly blew through the stop sign at the corner of Brownwood and Lincoln Street, turning right on Lincoln. That’s where the pursuing officer said Bailey allegedly almost struck a pedestrian trying to cross the road and accelerated more.
At this point the officer called for back up and continued to follow Bailey down Fourth Avenue, Austin Street, Maple Street, without lights and sirens. According to the report, Bailey then turned on Park Avenue, allegedly exceeding the speed limit, on the wrong side of the road. He then allegedly ran through a four way stop at Park Avenue and Dallis Street.
Police officers continued to follow Bailey as he drove down Wilkes Street, where he barely missed hitting a parked car, and the pursuit continued onto Harwell Avenue, Miller Street, and South Greenwood where he allegedly almost hit another car. According to the report, when Bailey doubled back to Fourth Avenue, speeds reached more than 80 mph. LaGrange Police officers decided at that point they were going to try and PIT Bailey’s car, but he allegedly continued to elude police, driving recklessly towards Juniper Street.
Officers said he then ran the stop sign at Juniper and Murphy Avenue, almost hitting another police car. Bailey then drove at high speeds down Swift Street where police say he narrowly missed hitting another car head on. He continued to Whitesville Road. Officers tried to stop him with spike strips at the corner of Handley Street. They say that’s where Bailey swerved to avoid the strips, causing him to lose control of his car, and smash into a tree.
According to the report, he was quickly taken into custody and transported to the emergency room for medical treatment of minor injuries. He was then booked into the Troup County Jail.
Bailey was charged with driving on a suspended license, seat belt violation, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violations, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, plus reckless conduct.