4 cop cars totaled; I-95 traffic backed up; biker gets away

Sunday, May 10, 2009 7:05 AM
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HINESVILLE, Ga. - A high-speed chase that began at Fort Stewart ended Saturday afternoon when four McIntosh County sheriff's deputies pursuing a motorcycle rider totaled their patrol cars on Interstate 95 near Darien.

The chase began at an undetermined location on the Fort Stewart reservation shortly after 12:30 p.m., said Georgia State Patrol Trooper Quincy Melvin and Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Denton.

That's when U.S. Army Military Police officers attempted to stop the motorcyclist within the boundaries of the installation. They were going to cite the biker for excessive speeding and reckless driving.

When the motorcycle rider sped up, they added attempting to flee and elude a police officer.

Denton said he received a radio message that the Fort Stewart MPs were not succeeding in stopping the biker, who sped off the installation on Old Sunbury Road, continuing onto U.S. 84/Ga. 38 toward Hinesville.

With the military police still in pursuit, the biker then made a U-turn to go east toward Midway.

Denton said he joined the chase where U.S. 84 intersects with Holmstown Road. He said traffic was very light during the chase, which soon involved Liberty County sheriff's Lt. Orrin Nestor, too.

"We were hitting speeds well over 100," said Denton, who was in the lead as the convoy of officers sped into Midway, sirens blaring and emergency lights popping like colored flashbulbs. "I pulled up beside the motorcyclist, who was driving in the left lane, and told him to pull over."

But the biker ignored the order and continued to accelerate. Denton described him as a white male with short-cropped hair, wearing a white T-shirt under a white button-up shirt that had gray checkered lines on the front. The biker also wore blue jeans and white shoes.

Denton thinks the fugitive's motorcycle was a Kawasaki. He said it did not have a license tag.

At the U.S. 84 intersection with Interstate 95, the biker turned south onto the freeway.

Never slowed down

The pursuit continued at speeds of 100 mph or more, Denton said. At one point, the pursuing officers attempted to box the cyclist in - but that didn't work.

As the pursuit entered McIntosh County at exit 57, McIntosh deputies had the exit ramps blocked off in the event the cyclist attempted to leave the interstate.

But the biker stayed on I-95.

Denton said that when the McIntosh deputies watched as he and Nestor sped past the exit, four McIntosh lawmen began to pursue the motorcyclist.

At that point, Denton said, he and his fellow deputies broke off the chase to return to Liberty County.

Melvin, the state trooper investigating the accident, said that as the four McIntosh sheriff's patrol cars were going past exit 49 just northwest of Darien, one of the deputies attempted to pass the others on the right and almost ran up against the rear end of a truck in the freeway's right lane.

The deputy attempted to swing back into the left lane, Melvin said, but he lost control, striking one of the other patrol cars and causing it to spin and hit a retaining wall.

The other two deputies, seeing what happened, attempted to stop - causing one to hit the rear end of the other, Melvin said. All four vehicles came to an abrupt halt and were damaged extensively, he said. The four deputies complained of minor injuries, but there was no word about whether they sought medical treatment.

Traffic backs up

As the sheriff's patrol cars collided and put the deputies out of commission, the motorcyclist continued to speed south. Meanwhile, traffic behind him on I-95 came to a standstill for several hours.

The incident remained under investigation late Saturday.

The damaged patrol cars were taken to the McIntosh County Sheriff's Department in Darien.

A reporter trying to photograph the patrol cars was rebuffed by McIntosh Sheriff Stephen Jessup, who said a media report would be issued.

The identities of the McIntosh deputies involved in the chase were not made available. And a worker in the jail section of the McIntosh County Sheriff's Department was not aware Saturday night of any news releases being issued in the biker pursuit.

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humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 05/10/09 - 07:18 am
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Looks like the "Four Stooges"

Looks like the "Four Stooges" were chasing this guy! Too bad we will never see a dash-cam video of this! LOL

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 05/10/09 - 07:48 am
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This guy wasn't a biker. He

This guy wasn't a biker. He was a motorcyclist. Bikers ride Harleys and wear leather.

katiecaroline
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katiecaroline 05/10/09 - 07:53 am
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RogueKnight, you are SO

RogueKnight, you are SO right! Serious cyclists ride Harleys, too. Looks like this cyclist is just a speed demon!

voiceofconcern
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voiceofconcern 05/10/09 - 07:54 am
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i bet he was riding one of

i bet he was riding one of them Kawasaki "crotch-rockets." dangerous speed demons, they are. but, oh so fast.

whogivesarip
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whogivesarip 05/10/09 - 07:58 am
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roqueknight -- your mistaken

roqueknight -- your mistaken on the facts here -- Bikers that ride Harleys are FA@$ !!

atsugua13
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atsugua13 05/10/09 - 08:10 am
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Gotta luv big mouths like

Gotta luv big mouths like whogivesarip....nothing like taking a shot anonymously...LOL

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/10/09 - 08:12 am
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I rest my case why high speed

I rest my case why high speed pursuits for nonviolent offenses are wrong. Statistics PROVE high speed chases are likely to end up with an officer or an innocent bystander being injured. Those police put the public at great risk in pursuit of someone that had not committed a crime other than speeding that we know of. These type chases are too dangerous. Four cars totaled...asinine.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 05/10/09 - 09:05 am
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I'm sorry, I can't stop

I'm sorry, I can't stop laughing. Straight out of Smokey and the Bandit. I'm really glad noone was seriously hurt. It's just that if you imagine it, you can see Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason.......

mad_max
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mad_max 05/10/09 - 09:14 am
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So what is the alternative?

So what is the alternative? Let everyone take their plates off so they cannot be identified and then just let them get away? If the fool won't stop and accelerates when the blue lights come the cops should be able to end the pursuit with a well placed bullet. THAT would save innocent lives and officers lives. The only one that dies is the dipstick that won't stop, and that is no big loss. I guarantee you that if we implemented that policy, within a few months you would not hear many stories of drivers running from the law. They try running now exactly because of this whimp "end the chase" policy. They know if they drive fast enough and endanger enough people the cops will stop the chase. If they knew they might get a bullet up their butt they would probably pull over immediately like the LAW says. Our liberal attitudes somehow prefer to want the make the cops out to be the criminals instead of realizing the criminals are the bad guys and letting the cops deal with these runners immediately and decisively. Run this through your feeble brains. Anyone driving a vehicle and running from the cops is automatically ARMED with a DEADLY WEAPON (his vehicle) and DANGEROUS. Shoot them.

Mike_Futrell
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Mike_Futrell 05/10/09 - 09:29 am
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amen mad max, running from

amen mad max, running from the police should be reason enough for the officers to use whatever force necessary to stop them. The police in this case had the wrong idea, a Kawasaki (depending on the motor) can probably hit 160mph+... a Ford Crown Victoria can maybe hit 130mph. A police radio however transmits at 186,000 miles per SECOND... they should have radioed ahead and had a roadblock setup for the idiot instead of trying to chase him down.

fandango
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fandango 05/10/09 - 09:44 am
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get em boys .. we got us

get em boys .. we got us here a runner !!

braxtonbragg_
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braxtonbragg_ 05/10/09 - 09:59 am
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should have "popped" him

should have "popped" him

dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/10/09 - 10:06 am
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a skilled biker will ALWAYS

a skilled biker will ALWAYS be able to outrun cop cars.

Pu239
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Pu239 05/10/09 - 10:17 am
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"Mr. Bandit......you are
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"Mr. Bandit......you are damndest pursuee I have evah pursued!"

AUGFOOTBALL
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AUGFOOTBALL 05/10/09 - 10:27 am
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I live in Brunswick, just

I live in Brunswick, just south of Darien, and this sounds like the typical simple minded folks here, man I wish we could see a video of these idiots trying to chase that biker down. From reading it you almost would be rooting for the Bandit. Great stuff. These south Georgia simple minded idiots never cease to humor me. I can't wait to get back home in Augusta. As bad as I hear some of you complain about Augusta, I challenge you to move here for one year and you will be crying tears of joy when you cross that Welcome to Augusta-Richmond County line on Hwy. 25 on your return to home.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 05/10/09 - 10:29 am
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Someone should have told the

Someone should have told the biker that the Darien Ballet was closed down last month.......All of that and no lap dance dinner....I bet that biker was hot!

Pu239
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Pu239 05/10/09 - 10:35 am
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Exit 49........Cafe Risque
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Exit 49........Cafe Risque and a Waffle House! What else does a road warrior need??

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Daddyrabbit 05/10/09 - 10:50 am
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It's amazing how none of the

It's amazing how none of the people who scream, "shoot the tires" haven't surfaced here. I'd have shot if I was along side and ordered him to stop and he refused. As for a road block, it might stop a car (maybe some idiot will even crash into it trying to get through), but, a motorcycle is smaller and can get around it. Why did he run? If the law just listens, though, he will probably brag about it to someone.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 05/10/09 - 11:10 am
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What amazes me about Harley

What amazes me about Harley riders is that they can't just ride their Harley....They have to have Harley jeans, Harley boots, Harley belt, Harley vest, Harley jacket, Harley gloves, Harley sunglasses, Harley shirt, Harley helmet, Harley boxers. Then they all trailer their Harleys to Myrtle Beach so they can line them up just like the other 36,000 Harleys that all look just alike......Don't get me wrong here. I've owned a Harley, probably long before any of these guys were old enough to ride. And I rode it without all the Harley garb.
As for quality, I'll put my BMW up against a Harley anyday. I've ridden my current bike well over 110k miles in around town and across country trips, and I've done it without a single piece of BMW clothing............Speaking of which, today will be a great day for a ride out to the lake..........Gotta ride!

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gabassist 05/10/09 - 11:23 am
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Kentucky used to (and maybe

Kentucky used to (and maybe still does) have a law that stated a set number (3?) of misdemeanors committed during the same crime constituted a felony, and officers were allowed to shoot a fleeing felon. Kinda makes you wish there were more laws like that one!

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crackertroy 05/10/09 - 12:13 pm
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yep
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yep

Bigdawg62
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Bigdawg62 05/10/09 - 12:19 pm
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Why do I hear banjo music

Why do I hear banjo music beginning to play?

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 05/10/09 - 12:38 pm
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whogivesarip...I bet you

whogivesarip...I bet you wouldn't walk up to a "biker" and talk that crap. You've got what's called "keyboard courage." I'm really impressed...NOT. HumbleOpinion, Harley riders are brand loyal. What's wrong with that? I get what you're saying about trailer week, though. $15,000 and 15 miles don't make someone a biker. BMW does make great motorcycles. No bones about that. Enjoy your ride. I can't say I'd ever try to outrun the law on my Harley. I like being alive, and I like my liberty. I'd lose one or the other if I tried to run from the law. That's a chance I'm not willing to take. The subject of the news article just got lucky....this time. Next time, maybe he won't be so lucky.

jack
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jack 05/10/09 - 12:47 pm
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I'm betting this is a soldier

I'm betting this is a soldier with a new bike. Time for his commanders to look around for a bike that fits this description and for the MPs to check closely at the gate.If he just bought it, he better find some place to park it and it wont be on Ft Stewart. Stupid is as stupit does.

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Captain Obvious 05/10/09 - 12:53 pm
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If the "motorcyclist" was

If the "motorcyclist" was that brazen about everything, it's time to put a round through the engine. Popping a tire or ramming him off the road will result in probable death, shooting the engine means he'll Hopefully come to a sooner stop..

pofwe
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pofwe 05/10/09 - 02:45 pm
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Now hear this: If these

Now hear this: If these officers shoot like they drive, they may have committed suicide trying to hit their target.

Nero
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Nero 05/10/09 - 02:45 pm
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jack - You can not imagine

jack - You can not imagine how many (mostly green) Kawasakis are bought with re-enlistment money by young "indestructible" GI's coming back from SWA. Drive down Riverwatch and check out the guardrails for tangible evidence. The yellow and red marks were probably Susukis or Hondas.

Nero
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Nero 05/10/09 - 02:47 pm
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pofwe - LMAO! Great one!

pofwe - LMAO! Great one!

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 05/10/09 - 03:21 pm
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I bet this motorcyclist was

I bet this motorcyclist was watching X Men Origins and thought he was a mutant in pursuit for testing and illegal experimentation...

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Brad Owens 05/10/09 - 03:46 pm
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My name is Smokey Bear and

My name is Smokey Bear and I'm tail-grabbing yo [filtered word] right now!

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