Police Chase in Butts County, Georgia, Ends in Arrest of Two Suspects
BUTTS COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story posted at 13wmaz.com, a police chase that took place in Butts County, Georgia, ended with the arrest of two suspects. The chase started with an attempted traffic stop for speeding.*
The incident began in the morning on Georgia Highway 16 in Butts County. 13 WMAZ reports that at about 9:15 a.m., a deputy with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle traveling well above the speed limit on the highway. The make and model of the vehicle were not included in the report. The speed limit for the stretch of Highway 16 is 55 mph, and the deputy reportedly clocked the vehicle traveling at 74 mph.
When the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped away. The deputy pursued the vehicle on westbound Highway 16, and several other deputies and Georgia State Patrol Troopers joined in the chase. The vehicle reportedly reached speeds of about 100 mph during the chase, which ended up on Interstate 75 North. The sheriff’s office says that a Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle using a PIT maneuver, but the driver was able to continue.
About 10 miles into the chase, a deputy attempted another PIT maneuver, and this one was successful. The fleeing vehicle came to a stop, and authorities apprehended the two men inside the car. The sheriff’s office says that when searching the vehicle, authorities found a gun and a pile of cash. The unidentified men had reportedly committed an armed robbery at a Milledgeville, Georgia, convenience store prior to the crash — a fact that authorities did not know at the time.
The Butts County Sheriff says this is why he supports chasing suspects until they’re apprehended, rather than calling off the chase, which is a policy that remains controversial in Georgia.
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