The nighttime chase — and eventual apprehension — of a Decatur County suspect led straight into a ditch on Ga. 93 North in Grady County.
Decatur authorities issued an alert for a vehicle being driven by a man suspected of passing counterfeit money in Bainbridge.
“The vehicle was located by the Whigham Police Department. Whigham attempted to stop the vehicle, and it started from there,” said Sgt. First Class Tommy Peeples, Thomasville Post 12 Georgia State Patrol commander.
Whigham police pursued the vehicle east on U.S. 84, headed for Cairo.
AT 17th Street and 84, Trooper Chris Hosey joined the chase, which continued into Cairo.
At 84 and Ga. 93, Cairo police blocked the suspect’s Ford Expedition, which traveled through a business parking lot and almost struck two pedestrians, Peeples said.
The suspect’s vehicle had reached 70 miles per hour on Ga. 93 north, when the trooper implemented the GSP precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver.
The trooper pulled alongside the suspect’s SUV and matched its speed. The officer eased his patrol car over to make contact with the Expedition.
The right front of the patrol car made contact with the left rear of the Ford SUV.
“That’s when the vehicle spins in front of you,” Peeples explained.
The suspect’s car went into a counterclockwise spin, traveled into a ditch and overturned.
The driver, who was not injured, apologized to the trooper.
Troopers charged the suspect, Tyrone Hill, 40, Jacksonville, Ga., with reckless conduct, reckless driving, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, fleeing/attempting to elude, speeding, failure to maintain lane and seatbelt violation.
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