MOULTRIE — Continuing a rash of vehicle chases between law enforcement and suspects, a Sylvester man faces multiple charges after he allegedly led a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) trooper, Colquitt County sheriff’s deputies and Moultrie police officers on a chase Wednesday afternoon.

GSP Assistant Post Commander Cpl. John VanLandingham said Fredrick Tywon Whitehead, 32, of Sylvester, faces a total of 13 traffic charges, including DUI, driving with a suspended license, attempting to elude officers and criminal damage to property. He was also charged with obstruction by the Moultrie Police Department for an alleged incident with an officer.

VanLandingham said a GSP trooper spotted a Ford Expedition, driven by Whitehead, speeding on Highway 33 South near the Colquitt and Worth County line about 3:55 p.m. Wednesday. The trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over, but it allegedly did not stop and sped up, allegedly attempting to get away from the trooper.

The trooper and sheriff’s deputies pursued the Expedition into Colquitt County, and VanLandingham said the chase reached high speeds at times. The Expedition crossed Highway 133 and turned onto Sylvester Drive and onto North Main Street before it turned onto the West Bypass and got onto West Boulevard. Sheriff’s deputies were told to call off the pursuit at 4:03 p.m., but the GSP trooper continued to follow as the chase made its way back into the Moultrie city limits.

The chase concluded when Whitehead allegedly drove the Expedition into a yard on Sixth Avenue Southeast and attempted to flee on foot, VanLandingham said. The trooper and a Moultrie police officer caught him after a short foot chase and placed him under arrest.

While a Moultrie police officer was attempting to put Whitehead into a patrol car, he allegedly kicked the officer in the face, causing a bruised lip and loosening a tooth. He was allegedly acting irate and was put into leg shackles, and he was checked by Colquitt County EMS for injuries before he was taken to Colquitt County Jail. The owner of the Expedition came to the scene, but did not report the vehicle stolen.

VanLandingham said the GSP was continuing its investigation into the pursuit as of Thursday afternoon. A full report was expected to be completed by Monday.

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