High-speed chase ends in arrest
Pursuit began in Newton, ended in Rockdale County
Newton County Sheriff’s deputies were led on a high speed chase through Rockdale and Newton counties Monday when a man fled from Kroger with stolen ox tails.
NCSO deputy Larry Wigington was on patrol near Kro- ger on Ga. Highway 20 when he spotted a man running from the grocery store. As the deputy neared the store, two employees followed the suspect and reportedly yelled, “He took meat.”
Wigington reportedly ordered the man, latter identified as Martin Green, 47, of Conyers, to stop, but Green ignored the order and jumped in his car before fleeing the parking lot.
Wigington followed Green down Ga. Highway 20 and several other less trafficked roads before the suspect made a U-turn in the middle of the road almost striking Wigington’s patrol car. Green reportedly then travelled down Ga. Highway 212 on the wrong side of road barely missing several cars, said NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson.
After another U- turn, the chase then continued into Rockdale County before the suspect finally stopped his 1998 Honda Accord near the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.
Once the suspect was in custody, a search of the car reportedly revealed five Kroger ox tails worth $ 28.63, Watterson said. In all, the deputy chased Green 10.4 miles before the arrest was made. Green was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, theft by shoplifting, failure to maintain lane, speeding, reckless driving, fleeing/ attempting to elude a police officer and seatbelt violation. He was also wanted out of Rockdale County for theft.