A concerned citizen who saw something unusual led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of stolen items Tuesday afternoon.
Derrick Deshaun Wright, 22, of 861 Highway 319 N., was charged with burglary, attempting to elude an officer, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain lane and failure to stop at a stop sign. Teavis Donyell Williams, 24, of 176 William Way, was charged with burglary.
Colquitt County E-911 received a call from Joe Stanford while he was on Old Adel Road about 12:25 p.m. Tuesday. Stanford told the dispatcher he saw a U-Haul truck in the yard of a house and a four-wheeler fell out of the back. The truck then allegedly sped away from the scene with a motorcycle in the back.
A Colquitt County sheriff’s deputy attempted to catch up to the U-Haul truck as Stanford followed it, but he lost sight of it as it on D.H. Alderman Road. The deputy and a Colquitt County sheriff’s investigator, however, spotted the truck at the Cool Springs-Ellenton Road and C.M. Chafin Road and tried to pull it over. The truck allegedly did not stop for the deputy’s lights and siren, however.
The chased continued until the driver and passenger abandoned the truck at the East Berrien Avenue and Cleveland Street intersection in Ellenton. The deputy and investigator were able to apprehend the two, identified as Williams and Wright, and they were placed under arrest and taken to Colquitt County Jail.
Colquitt County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Shannon Hart praised Stanford for reporting the incident. Stanford saw something that was out of the ordinary and reported it, Hart said, and it broke open the investigation.
The rented U-Haul truck involved was towed from the scene, and it was reported stolen by Terrance King between 12:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday. The value of the truck was $15,000.