CAIRO — Officers with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office were assisting a person whose vehicle had been disabled in the middle of the road Thursday afternoon when a car sped by in excess of 100 mph with another cop in close pursuit.
“By the grace of God, He put us in the right place at the right time,” said Capt. Chris Luckey, who was at the scene with two other officers and a female they were assisting. “His car probably would have hit that car in the back end if we hadn’t have been there trying to assist to get her out of the road.”
The chase began when a deputy on patrol noticed a small passenger vehicle driving slowly on Jamie Road blow past a stop sign. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop after running the vehicle’s tag and determining that the information did not match the vehicle it should have been displayed on.
That’s when authorities say Brandon Lee Warren, 23, started picking up speed.
A police incident report states Warren reached speeds of more than 100 mph as he led law enforcement on a chase through Cairo city limits, blowing past intersections while failing to yield and nearly causing multiple accidents as he weaved through traffic.
The officer in pursuit requested all available units to halt traffic at the intersections on 5th Street in Cairo. Warren, heading northbound, turned onto Highway 188 and struck a state-owned guard rail, then continued east until his vehicle came to a rest at the intersection with Woodland Road. The incident report states Warren attempted to flee on foot before being captured just east of the crash site.
The incident took place at around 2:57 p.m. Thursday.
Warren was taken to the Grady County jail where he was charged with mutilation or alteration of license plates, criminal interference with government property, driving with a suspended license, attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, misdemeanor obstruction of an officer and aggressive driving.