Arrest made following I-20 chase

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 4:22 PM
Last updated 8:27 PM
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A pursuit that spanned three counties on Interstate 20 this afternoon after a bank robbery ended with the arrest of a 61-year-old Lithonia, Ga. man.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Investigator Paul Godden responds to the scene of a chase on Interstate 20.  Billy Hobbs/Morris News Service
Billy Hobbs/Morris News Service
Richmond County Sheriff's Investigator Paul Godden responds to the scene of a chase on Interstate 20.

Alex Rodger III has been charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office news release. Mr. Rodger was stopped at a roadblock about 4:40 p.m. near the Cedar Rock Road overpass in McDuffie County, said McDuffie County sheriff’s Maj. Ronnie William­son.

The chase began in Richmond County as authorities pursued a suspect in a 3:30 p.m. armed robbery of a Bank of America branch on Washington Road.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Gay said the chase reached speeds of only 45 to 50 mph. As many as 30 patrol cars and a helicopter were involved, and traffic was backed up in the area.

“It makes you feel good to know we have such a cooperative effort when something like this happens,” Maj. Williamson said.

Lt. Gay said officers lost sight of the suspect, but he was later spotted on I-20 in McDuffie County. He said cash and a semi-automatic gun were recovered from the vehicle.

Maj. Williamson said it was the second time in a year that a suspect in a Richmond County bank robbery has been caught in a chase in McDuffie County.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/13/09 - 04:30 pm
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Praying for the responding

Praying for the responding officers' and everyone in the fleeing car's path, safety. I must pray for the driver and any possible passenger's too. If the driver stops safely, maybe there won't be as much damage done.

LocalThives
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LocalThives 02/13/09 - 04:32 pm
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Them policemans trying to
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Them policemans trying to kill folk with dat high speed chaseing.Thet need to go to jail and leave folks along.

dani
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dani 02/13/09 - 04:49 pm
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Right, Local. Leave us alon.

Right, Local. Leave us alon.

augustian
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augustian 02/13/09 - 05:18 pm
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"dem polices show am dum

"dem polices show am dum chasin' dems a robbery suspect, i sho is stupid derrr. Great point of view, LocalThives, you obviously are a very VERY educated person. Why don't you share with us why these officers shouldn't chase an armed robbery suspect who just committed a forcible felony, if you even know what that means. Yea, local, the INTENT of the officers purusing the suspect was to kill innocent people. Leave folks alone you say? In fact you said "leave folks along" your grammar is excellent i might add. Yea just leave the bank robber alone, cuz he isn't hurting anyone or a flight risk to public safety. If you ever got robbed i bet you would want some help from the police, but maybe they should take your advice and leave that robber alone, cuz "he aint done nothin." I'm so sick of ignorant, low life, unemployed, uneducated trash posting stupid things on here and imposing their horrible opinions about any news article the chronicle posts. Good job to all law enforcement for doing their job to protect citizens, even the stupid people who don't appreciate anything these days, not even all the handouts they get.

me too
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me too 02/13/09 - 05:31 pm
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The story said the high speed

The story said the high speed chase had already ended, apparently everyone in the vicinity was safe - but I'm sure prayers are always welcome.

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me too 02/13/09 - 05:33 pm
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augustian, what do you expect

augustian, what do you expect from someone who can't even properly spell their screenname? Or most words in the English language for that matter?

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 02/13/09 - 05:42 pm
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The police never had a car

The police never had a car chase with the suspect. The suspect was the on doing the 120 mph. Listened to the whole thing on my scanner. They stopped traffic several times to slow the suspect down. Great job GSP, RCSO, CCSO and MCSO! BTW, I have no response for the idiot Local Thieves. Must have been your gramps.

oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 02/13/09 - 06:18 pm
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Let's see. They left

Let's see. They left Washington Road @ 4:00 pm and he was caught @ 4:40 pm. That's a 40 minute chase at speeds above 100 MPH. He should have been caught in Morgan County instead of McDuffie County. The time frame is wrong.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 02/13/09 - 06:21 pm
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I was on my way home from
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I was on my way home from McDuffie County when I saw the traffic backed up on I-20, thought it was a wreck. Luckily I was East-Bound. This idiot caused a road block worth of cars at least ten miles long, not to mention the danger of cars on I-20 having to go from 70-80mph to a screeching halt. I hope this old man gets the book thrown at him.

Waymore
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Waymore 02/13/09 - 06:27 pm
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What is a "thive"??

What is a "thive"??

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/13/09 - 06:32 pm
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"me too" the initial story

"me too" the initial story at 4:22pm did not say that, it said the chase was in progress and there were just a few lines in the story. I responded to the snippet of the story as it was written at that time. It was updated several times after that right here. You read and responded to the updated version. I'm also sure my prayers were welcome, and apparently they were answered. I hope so.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 02/13/09 - 08:35 pm
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Obama said everybody was

Obama said everybody was going to get free money. This is just Mr. Rodger's way of spreading the wealth.

Truth Seeker
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Truth Seeker 02/13/09 - 10:36 pm
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Great job as usual, Ronnie.

Great job as usual, Ronnie. Keep up the good work- catching criminals for Richmond County.

rdb1764
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rdb1764 02/13/09 - 11:39 pm
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I was driving from Thomson.

I was driving from Thomson. there were at least 38 police vehicles involved. I stopped counting at that point. It was not a high speed chase from what I saw. He may have upped the speed in bursts, but he was driving relatively slowly when I saw him, nearly at the end of his adventures in free society. The guy should have stayed in Richmond County, though. He would have blended in with the locals and never have been caught. Seriously, just turn the whole county into a super-max and be done with it.

rdb1764
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rdb1764 02/13/09 - 11:41 pm
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Oh, and is it a coincidence

Oh, and is it a coincidence that this is the day before Valentine's Day? Another reason to ban V-day! Makes men stupid!

spdermn78
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spdermn78 02/13/09 - 11:52 pm
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I was on I-20 and I saw about

I was on I-20 and I saw about 50 different cop cars hauling a** past me. I thought there was some kind of chase. Damn those boyz in the black and grey are goooood!

As It Is
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As It Is 02/14/09 - 04:06 am
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Good Job to the Richmond

Good Job to the Richmond County, Columbia County and McDuffie County Sheriff's Officers along with the GSP. Thank you for arresting this dangerous violent criminal and getting him off of our streets again. Apparently this convicted felon should have still been behind bars but out liberal judges just don't seen to get it. Anyone who robs banks and other businesses at gunpoint and puts all of those individuals in harms way NEVER deserves to see the light of day again, no matter what the reason or excuse.

lulu
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lulu 02/16/09 - 08:27 am
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I was in the bank when this

I was in the bank when this guy came in. The 1st Deputy to respond would have caught him on Washington Road but a lady pulled out in front of him and he crashed into her.

He waited in line and let a customer go in front of him so he could go to a different teller.

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artsy fartsy 02/16/09 - 10:09 am
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I got stuck in the traffic on

I got stuck in the traffic on I-20. I figured it was a wreck. THen all of a sudden the traffic started picking up speed but it looked like we'd been stopped for nothing. Glad to hear exactly what happened and that they caught the criminal.

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