Paul Parlette Orndorff III
Photo: Fayette County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fayette County Sheriff's Office

Pro wrestler’s son arrested after police chase ends in Peachtree City

A multi-county police chase ended in Peachtree City with the arrest of a former professional wrestler’s son.

Paul Parlette Orndorff III, 51, of Fayetteville, faces several charges after the Thursday morning police chase, Peachtree City police told AJC.com. He’s the son of World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame member Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr., who is better known as “Mr. Wonderful.”

The incident began about 10:30 a.m. when an officer tried to pull over a Chrysler Crossfire near Ga. 74 and Kelly Drive for a traffic violation, Peachtree City Lt. Matt Myers said. The driver sped off from the attempted traffic stop, and police called off the pursuit.

However, a Senoia police officer spotted the speeding vehicle on Rockaway Road and attempted another traffic stop, which the suspect fled, Myers said. The driver then drove back into Peachtree City, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office joining the chase.

Stop sticks were unsuccessfully used by Peachtree City police, but officers were eventually able to box in the vehicle at an apartment complex along Old Senoia Road, Myers said. Orndorff III allegedly ran away into a wooded area before being taken into custody by several officers and a K-9.

Several charges are pending against him, including felony fleeing and eluding police, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and several traffic violations, Myers said.

This isn’t Orndorff III’s first arrest in Fayette County. He was arrested in 2013 after his daughter, Brooke Anne Orndorff, robbed and beat a man outside her home, the Fayette Citizen reported at the time.

She was convicted of aggravated battery, robbery by force, false imprisonment and simple battery, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. She spent a little more than half a year in prison for the charges.

Brooke Anne Orndorff
Photo: Georgia Department of Corrections

Orndorff III was charged with party to the crime of robbery, party to the crime of battery and two counts of financial identity fraud, the Citizen reported. The outcome of his case is unclear, but he was not sentenced to prison time, according to GDC records.

For the Thursday incident, he was booked into the Fayette County Jail.

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