Emily Elizabeth Shelton

Emily Elizabeth Shelton

A Rome woman faces several felony charges including aggravated assault, fleeing and obstruction of an officer after reportedly fleeing police and then ramming an officer's car on Sunday afternoon, reports stated.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Emily Elizabeth Shelton, 46, of 116 Keown Road, was arrested around 2 p.m. Sunday after fleeing from a traffic stop near on U.S. 27 near Dugger Drive. She struck two police cars while fleeing from police, nearly injuring several officers.

A person identifying himself as Shelton's son in an email stated his mother had been diagnosed with schizophrenia five years ago.

"She suffers from regular auditory and visual hallucinations moment by moment," Jared Shelton wrote. "She was under the care of a family member when she escaped and was missing for over two hours to which the police were called to determine her whereabouts. By no means did she, or will she ever have the capacity to comprehend the gravity of what she did."

Floyd County Police Department Chief Mark Wallace confirmed Shelton was suffering from some form of condition, but he was unaware of what her condition was. 

She also fled police at speeds of 20 mph above the posted speed limit, going as high as 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. The report also stated her license had been expired as of June 2011. 

She also faces charges of felony interference with government property and misdemeanor reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, brake light or turn signal violation, driving without a license and speeding.


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