MOULTRIE -- A vehicle chase that went through the Moultrie Housing projects late Saturday night ended without the driver being caught. Officers do know who the driver was, however, and have filed warrants against him.
Police reports said the officer spotted a Ford Taurus leaving the area near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Joe Louis Avenue at 11:43 p.m. Saturday. The officer recognized the driver and knew there were active warrants on him and that his license was suspended, so he got behind the Taurus on First Avenue Northwest.
The officer was able to check the driver's record by contacting the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office and while he waited for an answer, he stayed behind the Taurus . The sheriff's office stated the driver had two active warrants, so the officer turned on his blue lights as it turned onto Fifth Street Northwest.
The Taurus stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Fifth Street Northwest and Fifth Avenue Northwest but did not pull over, police reports said. The officer had turned on his siren, but the driver stayed on Fifth Street Northwest and ran through a stop sign at the intersection of Seventh Avenue Northwest before he began to pick up speed.
Reports said the Taurus continued on Fifth Street Northwest into the housing projects without slowing down. He ran through two stop signs, including a four-way stop sign, after turning onto 10th Avenue Northwest.
The officer backed off from the pursuit after the Taurus ran through the stop signs so as not to endanger the public, police reports said. The officer knew who the driver was, so he decided to apprehend him once warrants were taken out.
A check of the vehicle's tag number showed the Taurus was registered to a rental car company in Valdosta, reports said. The driver was found to have a suspended license, and warrants were sworn out for driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and attempting to elude an officer.