A police chase ended this afternoon with a crash at the corner of Wrightsboro and Hickman Roads that knocked out power and caused traffic jams along the busy roadway.
Hundreds of plastic bottles were scattered about the road after the driver of a green Honda Accord smashed the into a flat-bed truck carrying soda, water and juice, according to Richmond County Sheriffs Lt. Scott Gay.
No names have been released but authorities said the driver of the Honda Accord and the driver of the truck were both taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for minor injuries.
A passenger in the Honda Accord was also transported to the hospital.
A deputy began to pursue the car because it matched the description of a vehicle believed to have been used by a man in a theft from the Family Dollar on Broad Street earlier today, Lt. Steven Strickland said.
The driver ran through the intersection of Hickman Road and Wrightsboro Road and collided with the front of the truck, he said. The truck caught fire and traveled down the hill, finally stopping in the yard of a home at 2063 Wrightsboro Road.
The accident also caused a power pole to break, which prompted about 900 homes and businesses in the area to lose power, according to a Georgia Power spokeswoman.
So far, power has been restored to about half of the homes.
Lt. Strickland said the driver of the suspects vehicle ran from deputies after the accident but was caught a short distance away. A passenger in the car had to be cut from the vehicle.
Charges are pending against the driver of the Honda Accord, Lt. Strickland said.