High-speed chase ends in ar­rest

Pur­suit be­gan in New­ton, ended in Rock­dale County

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tyler Smith

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.

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