Police Release New Information on Crash That Killed Deputy in Long County
LONG COUNTY, GA- Wtoc.com writes that an early morning crash killed a deputy with the Long County Sheriff's Office. The officer was helping with the pursuit of a suspect on Highway 57. The incident took place in the middle of the night close to Tibet Road.*
The Georgia State Police stated that a police officer watched the suspect as he ran through several stop signs and began to follow the vehicle. The victim joined in the pursuit as the suspect tried to escape. The deputy lost control of his car, and it veered off the roadway and into a line of trees. The vehicle continued for about 100 feet before stopping on the shoulder of the roadway.
The victim had worked with the sheriff’s office for around four months prior to the tragic crash. Before joining the Long County department, the officer worked in Chatham County for about four years. The victim’s former colleagues spoke highly of the fallen officer and stated that these are the types of hazards police face on a daily basis.
The suspect who fled from the officers entered McIntosh County. Police located what they believed is the vehicle involved. The car was abandoned in front of a home. Officers believe that the driver was pickup up by another individual from the location where he abandoned the vehicle. The owner of the house at which the vehicle was left does not seem connected to the case and said he was surprised to find the unfamiliar car on his property when he woke up in the morning.
No one has yet been arrested in connection to the deadly chase. The sheriff’s office reassured the community that the police are working to locate and arrest the suspect involved in the crash.
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