5 suspected in burglaries flee, flip car

THOMSON --- Authorities say five people involved in burglaries in McDuffie County early Wednesday led police on a chase that ended when the suspects' car overturned several times on U.S. Highway 221.

At least two suspects were in critical condition Wednesday; one was thrown from the car. They and a 14-year-old girl were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Trooper Mike Callaway of the Georgia State Patrol.

Two other suspects fled the crash near the intersection of U.S. Highway 221 and Neals Mill Road about 1:30 a.m.

One of them, identified as Patrick Clayton Mancil, 17, of Phenix City, Ala., was arrested after he sought help from residents in the 5600 block of Neals Mill Road about 6:45 a.m., sheriff's Investigator Larry Adaway said.

A fifth suspect was captured Wednesday afternoon hiding in a shed off U.S. 221. He was identified as Sidney Champion. He was from the Columbus, Ga., area, police said.

The five suspects are suspected in break-ins at two businesses in McDuffie County: Triangle on the Augusta Highway and Axon's Mini Mart in Dearing.

Harlem police and a Columbia County sheriff's deputy tried to pull over the suspects in Harlem, according to Harlem Public Safety Chief Jesse Bowman.

Callaway said chase speeds reached 130 mph.