The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a woman after a case of mistaken identity that resulted in her mother going on a high-speed chase through Cobb and Bartow counties and into Gordon County.
Col. Don Hunton with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began when deputies were attempting to execute a criminal warrant for the arrest of Marietta resident Nichole Cunningham on Thursday. She is wanted on charges of theft, obstruction and failure to appear.
“While conducting surveillance ... a person approached in a vehicle, and one occupant matched the description of Ms. Cunningham,” Hunton said.
A deputy in a marked police car attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver, who was later identified as Cunningham’s mother Mieesha Starleeta Kingstro, ignored the sirens and lights and fled the scene.
“(Kingstro) fled onto Interstate 75 north with speeds reaching over 90 miles per hour, still ignoring the deputy’s attempts to stop her vehicle,” Hunton said.
The chase was halted because of traffic and the nature of the charges against Cunningham, but a lookout was broadcast to Bartow County officers who also saw Kingstro driving down the interstate at high speeds.
“The driver continued into Gordon County failing to stop for Bartow Deputies where the Georgia State Patrol had placed stop sticks,” Hunton said. “(Kingstro) attempted to avoid the stop sticks by entering the median.”
Her car sustained damage and was disabled, so she got out of her car and began running on foot across the interstate into southbound lanes, where she was eventually caught and arrested.
Kingstro was taken to the Bartow County Jail, where she remains in custody without bond.
Her adult passenger and two children, one 15 months old and the other 3 years old, were not injured, and neither was anyone else on the road during the chase.
The children were Kingstro’s and were turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services. “These children were down out of sight on the floorboard during the chase,” Hunton said.
Jail personnel were unable to say what charges Kingstro is being held on and the public information officer was unavailable for comment. Upon her release from Bartow County, Hunton said Kingstro will be charged for driving on a suspended license, fleeing and attempting to elude police, cruelty to children in the second degree and several other traffic-related charges.
According to jail records, Kingstro is from Marietta and was arrested May 9 on a warrant for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office but released the next day into their custody.
She was then arrested again on May 20 on shoplifting charges but released the following day on a $5,000 bond.
Cobb County Superior Court Clerk records show that Cunningham was convicted in 2012 on three counts of felony shoplifting and one count of trespassing.