THOMASVILLE — Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, a woman saw a suspicious vehicle with no lights on traveling through her neighborhood, according to authorities.
The driver parked, got out of the car and tried to open vehicles parked at houses. He returned to his vehicle, drove around, stopped and checked more vehicle door handles, according to a Thomasville Police Department incident report.
Police responded, and two officers attempted twice to stop the car by blocking its path with their vehicles. At a high rate of speed, the black car left the Morningside Drive and Lakeridge Trail Drive area where he had been prowling. The report states that as the car left the subdivision, police made another unsuccessful attempt to stop it.
The suspect led police on a pursuit from the subdivision off Remington Avenue to Remington, Clanton Street and East Jackson Street, where it eventually ended on East Jackson near Vashti Avenue.
With guns drawn on the vehicle, officers ordered the driver, Keith Broadwater, a Tallahassee, Florida, resident, to get out of the car and took him into custody.
Police returned to the residence of the woman who had reported the activity to inform her the suspect was in custody.
The woman told police she was alerted to the activity by her surveillance camera. She went to a window and watched the driver park and walk from house to house pulling on car door handles, return to his car, park again and try more vehicles, the report states.
She saw the man enter an SUV in the neighborhood, but the owner said nothing appears to be missing.
The 53-year-old suspect is charged with fleeing/attempting to elude police officer, entering automobile or other motor vehicle with intent to commit theft or felony, driving under the influence, open container violation and failure to maintain lane.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820