THOMASVILLE — Thomasville police approached a dark U.S. 19 business tactically when burglar alarms sounded at the store a 2:20 a.m. Monday, according to reports.
Officers thought a burglary might be in progress when they saw a man attempting to remove items from the front of the Tractor Supply Company, 15086 U.S. 19 South.
As officers got closer to the business, the man got into a vehicle and fled on 19.
"He traveled north on 19 in the southbound lanes as officers gave chase," said Maj. Wade Glover, Thomasville Police Department public information officer.
Police chased the vehicle along U.S. 19 to the north bypass, where the suspect turned onto Charlie Ward Boulevard and traveled back into the city.
Glover said the vehicle struck mailboxes on Cove Landing Drive, then wrecked.
The suspect, Darius Perez Jackson, 34, 611 N. Boulevard, fled on foot, but was captured after a short pursuit.
He is charged with criminal damage to property, felony fleeing and attempting to elude and several misdemeanor traffic violations.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820