Fleeing driver leads deputy on chase that ends at Middle Ridge

COVINGTON — Dark window tinting is what caught a deputy’s attention, but it was the driver’s attempt to flee while carrying a firearm that helped land him in jail.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Holbrook was patrolling the area of Lower River Road around 5:40 p.m. Friday when he saw a white GMC Yukon pulling onto Bypass Road.

“The deputy noticed the window tint was way too dark, so he attempted to pull over the driver for that violation,” said NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander.

The driver, later identified as 32-year-old Bobby Joemerro Rhodes of 35 Whitehead Ct., reportedly refused to pull over and instead led the deputy on a chase down Bypass Road. Rhodes pulled into Middle Ridge Elementary School where he then jumped out of his car and tried to run from deputies, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

While Rhodes was running, the magazine from a gun he was carrying fell onto the ground, Alexander said. But before he could get far, one of the deputies Tasered the suspect and they were able to take him into custody.

Rhodes was transported to the Newton County Detention Center and was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude officers, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a gun during a crime, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless conduct, reckless driving, possession of a weapon on school property, failure to maintain lane, obstruction of officers and window tint violation.