Watch Ga. Deputies Nab Man with Pants Down in Bathroom Stall after Chase

May 6, 2024
Coweta County sheriff's deputies apprehended a man with active warrants trying to hide inside a grocery store restroom after a vehicle and foot chase: "I'm literally taking a poop."

A man tried unsuccessfully to elude Georgia deputies following vehicle and foot chases last month by taking refuge in a grocery store bathroom stall.

The incident happened just after 8:30 p.m. April 8 when Coweta County deputies tried to stop a red Saturn that was displaying tags for a different vehicle, WSB-TV reports. Deputies also discovered that the driver—Thommiaston Battle, 30—had active warrants and was driving on a suspended license. 

Battle sped away as deputies tried to pull him over before stopping on a dead-end road. He ran from his car and headed to a grocery store that was up a hill.

Inside the store, managers told the pursuing deputies that Battle had entered the store, but they were unsure where he was. One manager, however, said a man had been inside the bathroom for a while.

Deputies entered the restroom and found only one person in the last stall. They saw that his boots and an Alabama keychain visible inside the stall matched Battle's, and the deputies ordered him to come out and threatened to send in a K-9.

"I'm literally taking a poop," replied Battle, who refused to exit.

Deputies then said they would kick down the stall door and Taser Battle if he refused to comply. That's when Battle said he would unlock the door and show the deputies he was on the toilet.

When deputies entered the stall, they found Battle sitting on the toilet with his pants down. They ordered him to pull up his pants, and Battle was taken into custody.

Battle was arrested and charged with multiple counts, including driving on a suspended license, concealing the identity of a vehicle and fleeing/attempting to elude police.

About the Author

Joe Vince

Joining Endeavor Business Media in 2018, Joe has worked on the company's city services publications. He began working at OFFICER.com as the assistant editor. Before starting at Endeavor, Joe had worked for a variety of print and online news outlets, including the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, Reddit and Patch.com.

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