Man arrested after 5-mile police chase

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:02 AM
Last updated 10:46 AM
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Deputies say they have arrested the driver who led them on a five-mile pursuit this morning, which ended in a wrecked Lincoln Navigator.

The driver, identified as Michael Jones, was sitting behind the wheel of the Navigator at the corner of Doug Barnard Parkway and Dan Bowles Road around 9 a.m. this morning, police said.

Deputies had stopped to assist what they believed was a disabled vehicle, but the driver sped away when he saw the deputies, sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver said.

Two cruisers gave chase and were soon joined by a third deputy as they followed the vehicle onto Gordon Highway and Olive Road before it wrecked on Krantha Drive, Weaver said.

The Navigator was badly damaged, but the driver, identfied as Jones was not. He jumped from the vehicle, but was soon aught by deputies, Weaver said. The deputies were not injured in the pursuit.

Weaver didn't have any specifics on charges against Jones, just that they would be traffic-related at this point. The deputies involved in the almost five-mile chase didn't have "stop sticks" that would have punctured the fleeing vehicle's tires, Weaver said.  

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/16/10 - 11:03 am
If you are chasing another

If you are chasing another vehicle, how would having "stop sticks" in your trunk help you?

Notreally 03/16/10 - 11:08 am
If he was legit and on the up

If he was legit and on the up and up he probably wouldn't have ran, he could have just given them his license and registration etc and been on his way but now LOL he's in trouble, and probably wouldn't have been.

CarlosC 03/16/10 - 11:22 am
The AC neglected to mention

The AC neglected to mention that the vehicle was suspected to be stolen. The driver is now a DUI suspect (drugs). Also the deputies waiting for him ahead had their stop sticks ready to deploy. Check one of the other reliable local news sources for the details.

BombquishaDavis 03/16/10 - 12:12 pm
Little Lamb..^5....guess they

Little Lamb..^5....guess they were gonna speed up to da cut, unlock da trunk and throw out the sticks...and he woulda been in Aspen Colorado by now!

AugustaVoter 03/17/10 - 03:02 pm
I hope that third deputy was

I hope that third deputy was a supervisor. You know it is against RCSO policy to have more than two deputies and a supervisor involved in a car chase.

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