High-speed po­lice chase ends in crash

Teen al­legedly stole fa­ther’s car

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

A high- speed pur­suit ended with a hor­rific wreck Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter a 15- year- old at­tempted to elude law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

The in­ci­dent be­gan shortly be­fore mid­night Mon­day when a Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer at­tempted to pull the teenager over for a rou­tine traf­fic stop. The ju­ve­nile did not stop for the of­fi­cer and re­port­edly be­gan to speed away in his In­fin­ity, said New­ton County Sher­iff ’s In­ves­ti­ga­tor Sonny Good­son.

The of­fi­cer re­port­edly fol­lowed the teenager, at a safe dis­tance, as he trav­eled to­ward Por­terdale. Dur­ing the pur­suit, NCSO deputies and Por­terdale Po­lice Offi- cers also be­came in­volved.

Two NCSO deputies were at a stop sign on Ga. High­way 81 while the sus­pect trav­eled to­ward them on Coral Road. In­stead of con­tin­u­ing along the road, the ju­ve­nile re­port­edly veered left to­wards the side of the sher­iff’s pa­trol car. The deputy was just able to ma­neu­ver his car out of the sus­pect’s path.

The In­fin­ity hit a side­walk and be­came air­borne for 20 to 25 feet, said Good­son. As the car touched back down, it struck a con­crete poll and the side of a gas pump, de­stroy­ing both the pole and the pump at the Shell con­ve­nience store. The car con­tin­ued for­ward, hit­ting a parked car and fi­nally com­ing to a halt.

Good­son said the sus­pect tried to es­cape from the wrecked car, but law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from all three au­thor­i­ties were on him within sec­onds, Good- son said.

Sur­veil­lance video from the Shell sta­tion showed that if the driver had come through 18 sec­onds ear­lier, he would have hit an­other car parked at the gas pump

The ju­ve­nile’s par­ents were con­tacted and the sus­pect was trans­ported to the San­der­sville Youth De­ten­tion Cen­ter. The teenager’s fa­ther said his son had taken his car while he slept.

Good­son said a pel­let gun, which looked like a real hand­gun, was found in the car.

The teenager was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault of a peace of­fi­cer for try­ing to hit the sher­iff’s deputy. Fur­ther charges are forth­com­ing from the other agen­cies.

Caught on cam­era: Sur­veil­lance video from the Shell sta­tion shows that if the driver had come through 18 sec­onds ear­lier, he would have hit an­other car parked at the gas pump.

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