Originally created 07/09/01

Man in stolen car leads police on high-speed chase



A man driving a stolen car Sunday led local authorities on a high-speed car chase that ended in Burke County.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's investigator, once the driver of the vehicle was apprehended, officials discovered he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The investigator declined to comment on the warrant or release the driver's name pending an investigation.

According to Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey, the man driving the stolen vehicle is named Nicholas Warren and he was shot by a Richmond County sheriff's deputy when the chase ended.

The chase began about noon when a Richmond County sheriff's deputy spotted a stolen 1986 Volvo near Kensington Drive and Deans Bridge Road. The deputy chased the vehicle through the southern part of the county onto Hephzibah-McBean Road and into Burke County, according to Cpl. Charles C. Bennett of the Sylvania post of the Georgia State Patrol.

Deputies from the Burke County Sheriff's Office joined pursuit once the stolen vehicle crossed the county line. Several cruisers from both departments followed the vehicle - at times reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph - through the western part of Burke County onto Spring Hill Church Road.

Pursuit continued onto Blount Road and ended when the stolen vehicle turned onto Annie's Lane, a private dirt road where a pursuing police car struck the back side of the Volvo, spinning it to a stop.

The chase ended shortly before 12:30 p.m.

The driver attempted to run, police said, but was captured. No one, including a passenger in the stolen car, was hurt.

However, according to the Richmond County sheriff's investigator, the driver of the stolen car was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he remained Sunday night.

Officials would not comment further about the case.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation, and the Georgia State Patrol is looking into the crash.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (706) 823-3218.