THOMASVILLE -- Two recent high-speed chases ended with a string of charges against the suspects, including aggravated assault on lawmen.
A few minutes before 1 p.m. Tuesday, a Thomas County Sheriff's Office deputy noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed turning off U.S. 19 North onto Ga. 202. The deputy's radar showed the vehicle traveling 95 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.
The pursuit continued on 202 until the white car turned onto Doe Run Circle, which dead ends near a lake.
The deputy turned his vehicle sideways and attempted to exit the patrol unit, an incident report shows. The suspect's vehicle charged toward the sheriff's car, forcing the deputy to retreat and find cover, according to the report.
As the driver, Seth Chastain Davis, 18, 129 Cardinal Ridge Road, attempted to flee around the patrol unit, the deputy, who was backing up, stopped his car to prevent being struck by the fleeing 2004 Subaru, the report shows.
The Subaru, pursued by the deputy, traveled back onto Doe Run and 202, headed toward Thomas-ville at an estimated speed of 130 mph. Davis was pursued across U.S. 19 and onto County Line and Old Cassidy roads and Ga. 3.
The reports shows the Subaru traveled off Ga. 3 into a plantation, where it traveled into woods, and the suspect fled on foot. Davis was found in a ditch on Ga. 3.
Davis, who was released from the Thomas County Jail on a $10,000 bond, is charged with fleeing, attempting to elude, driving with a suspended license, misdemeanor marijuana possession, failure to drive on the right side of the road, reckless driving and felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.
Reginald Dashaun Edwards, 31, 1303 Emerson Ave. S.E., Cairo, was denied bond in a similar case. He remains in the Thomas County Jail charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, misdemeanor marijuana possession, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony eluding an officer and obstruction by fleeing.
Edwards told Kevin Lee, supervisor of the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division, he is on probation for a drug offense.
Narcotics agents learned a Cairo man would deliver crack cocaine to a business on the north bypass. He would be driving a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo with tinted windows.
Midafternoon, Thursday, Sept. 8, the Monte Carlo arrived at the business. Agents approached the car, which pulled into a parking space on the east side of the business.
"When agents approached from the front, the vehicle backed up. Agents tried to stop the vehicle, but the car fled into a vacant, overgrown lot," Lee said.
When the car accelerated, an open door knocked an agent to the ground. The officer was not injured.
Lawmen pursued the car, which circled the parking lot and headed north on Ga. 3. Narcotics agents pursued the Monte Carlo to Ochlocknee, where it turned onto Highway 188 and wrecked at a railroad crossing.
Edwards fled on foot, Lee said, but was apprehended by an agent. Officers found a bag containing marijuana at the arrest site and crack cocaine in the car.
"We found a small amount of crack. We believe he threw the remainder out the window. He was supposed to be delivering a large amount," Lee explained.
A .380-caliber pistol was found in the car.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.
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