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Man charged after stolen car crashes 3 times

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 11:46 AM
Last updated 9:42 PM
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A 29-year-old man has been charged, police say, after he stole a car and crashed it three times.

Gemell Minniefield  Special
Gemell Minniefield

According to an incident report, authorities were alerted to the car theft around 8 p.m. Monday when a 28-year-old woman told authorities she left Wireless Now at 3217 Wrightsboro Road and noticed her 1999 Pontiac was missing.

She told deputies the vehicle had been left unsecured and running while she was inside the business.

A deputy spotted the vehicle five blocks away and became involved in a chase. The vehicle crashed three times before eventually coming to a stop in an empty retention pond at Store More self storage units at 3515 Wrightsboro Road, police said.

The driver, Gemell Minniefield, first crashed into the patrol vehicle pursuing him, followed by a parked truck on the 3800 block of Wrightsboro Road and then a fence at Store More.

The vehicle eventually came to a rest in the retention pond.

Minniefield is being held at the Richmond County jail on charges of felony theft by taking, speeding, driving while license is suspended or revoked, reckless driving, two charges of duty stop when striking an unattended vehicle, failure to stop upon hitting a fixture and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

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tanbaby 11/02/11 - 04:31 pm
you leave your car unlocked

you leave your car unlocked AND running????? there is no way that ANYONE should be surprised that it was move...

CobaltGeorge 11/02/11 - 04:43 pm
Sorry Lady, no need calling

Sorry Lady, no need calling your insurance co. because I doubt they will cover the damages.

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 11/03/11 - 05:12 am
I agree with you guys. It

I agree with you guys. It boggles the mind. Right now I'm trying to figure out which one is the dumbest. The car thief who can't drive or the woman who can't be bothered with turning off her car and locking the door.

david jennings
david jennings 11/03/11 - 06:59 am
The reason I always shut off

The reason I always shut off my vehicle is, if it were stolen I'd be too embarrassed to tell an officer I left it running.

Casting_Fool 11/03/11 - 07:46 am
It could have been much

It could have been much worse. He did this at 8:00 PM on Halloween night. No one in his right mind races through a residential neighborhood on dirt roads on Halloween.

He drifted through corners narrowly missing people, homes and other vehicles, actually going airborne at one point when he hit a bump in the road. He did other property damage besides the parked truck.

It is only God's grace that no one was injured or killed.

Please turn your vehicle off and lock the doors every time you stop and exit the vehicle.

RoadkiII 11/03/11 - 08:16 am


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