The pursuit began with an attempted traffic stop by a deputy who knew Graves was wanted on arrest warrants alleging battery against a household member and failure to appear, according to the Roswell Daily Record, which first reported the incident.
Herrington said Graves’ mother told him she was concerned that her son might want the encounter with deputies to end with his death. “She was frantic,” the sheriff said.
Herrington said he contacted the pursuing deputies after first calling Graves.
Herrington said Graves, who has a criminal record, denied doing anything wrong and didn’t want to go back to prison.
Graves claimed while speaking with Herrington that he had been looking for cigarettes while driving when he discovered a gun under the seat, the sheriff said.
Herrington said he told Graves to throw the gun out the window, stop the car and “just lay flat on the ground.”