Police Officer Injured in Crash Chasing Stolen Vehicle in Calhoun, Georgia
CALHOUN, GA. – According to an online news story reported at fox5atlanta.com, a police officer was injured January 15 in a vehicle crash while chasing a stolen car in Calhoun, Georgia. The suspect got away and is still on the run.*
On the evening of January 15, Officer Anthony Owens, of the Calhoun Police Department, was patrolling an area in Calhoun and encountered an Infiniti G35 with a broken headlight and a missing license plate light. It is not known if Owens understood at this time that the vehicle was stolen. Footage from Owen’s dash camera shows him turning around on a residential road to attempt a traffic stop of the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle sped up at that point, leading Owens on what proved to be a dangerous chase. The Infiniti entered Interstate 75 and was traveling north. At one point during the chase, the driver of the Infiniti turned off the vehicle’s lights and was driving about 120 mph on I-75. The vehicle was in the far left lane of I-75 North and suddenly crossed all lanes at mile marker 320 to take an exit.
Owens also attempted to exit but lost control of his patrol car. The dash cam footage shows the patrol vehicle crashing into the right guardrail on I-75, then spinning and hitting the guardrail in the median of the interstate. The car then spins again before coming to a stop. Owens suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a hospital. He has since been released.
The Calhoun Police Department is still looking for the Infiniti G35, which officers say is a 4-door sedan and has damage to the driver’s side. The vehicle was reportedly involved in a chase earlier in the same evening with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.
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