Chase ends in Thomasville

Post 12 Thomasville Georgia State Patrol troopers used their vehicles to cause the car on the left to leave the road after the speeding vehicle attempted to turn onto U.S. 19 North.

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — A chase that originated in Moultrie and ended in Thomasville reached more than 100 miles per hour, a Thomasville Post 12 Georgia State Patrol trooper said.

The incident began late Thursday morning when a man accused of felony shoplifting in Moultrie took Moultrie and Colquitt County lawmen on a chase into Thomas County.

Troopers and Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputies intercepted the chase on U.S. 319 North south of Coolidge, said Capt. Steven Jones, sheriff’s office public information officer.

As the fleeing vehicle approached 319’s intersection with U.S. 19, the driver attempted to turn right onto 19. Troopers intervened and performed a pursuit intervention technique that forced the car from the highway, said Sgt. Russ Covington, GSP Post 12 assistant commander.

Jones said that when the vehicle was forced form the road, the suspect ran behind Walgreens and was attempting to scale a fence at a flood water retention pond.

The episode began when the suspect was involved in a felony shoplifting, Jones said.

The suspect, whose name was not available, had been banished from the Southern Judicial Circuit after pleading guilty on July 25 in Thomas County, said Lt. Tim Watkins, sheriff’’s office chief investigator. A 15-year prison term handed down in the sentence was suspended, Watkins said.

GSP will charge the suspect with fleeing. Other charges will be made in Moultrie.

Jones said the suspect and his vehicle were taken into custody by Moultrie law enforcement officials.

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