SPEED­ING

The Covington News - - Lo­cal news -

The driver re­port­edly struck a mail­box and con­tin­ued driv­ing in the yard be­fore ca­reen­ing back onto the road, where he al­legedly lost con­trol and skid­ded side­ways. At that point the deputy was re­port­edly able to see the driver’s face.

Re­ports in­di­cate the driver was able to bring the rac­ing ve­hi­cle back un­der con­trol and con­tin­ued trav­el­ling on Carmel Church, speed­ing through the stop sign at Carmel Church and Sewell where the ve­hi­cle turned right. The driver con­tin­ued ig­nor­ing stop signs at in­ter­sec­tions and turned from Sewell onto Pine Street and then from Pine onto Ga. High­way 11.

Once on Ga. High­way 11 the driver re­port­edly turned his head­lights off and started trav­el­ling at 120 mph. Af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 2 miles the driver al­legedly turned on his head­lights. When the car came to Mill Pond Road the driver al­legedly turned on his left turn sig­nal, but was un­able to slow down enough to make the turn, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports the driver con­tin­ued south, turn­ing right on Spears Lane where the speed did not ex­ceed 60 mph, then turned onto Gaith- ers Road, again fail­ing to stop at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gaithers and County Road 213. Once on 213 the driver once again picked up speed, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, trav­el­ing at 120 mph

When the driver reached the city lim­its of Mans­field the driver re­port­edly slowed his speed to 100 mph — far ex­ceed­ing the speed limit of 35 mph in the city. Af­ter fail­ing to stop at an­other in­ter­sec­tion, the driver again hit speeds of 120 mph

The driver even­tu­ally turned onto Val­ley Drive and pulled into the drive­way of a res­i­dence there where the driver re­port­edly ex­cited the ve­hi­cle and took off on foot, run­ning be­hind the house.

The pas­sen­ger side door of the ve­hi­cle opened and, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, two males at­tempted to exit the ve­hi­cle but were or­dered to lie on the ground. An­other male at­tempted to exit the driver side and was or­dered to the ground by Jasper County deputies. All three men were taken into cus­tody by Jasper County.

A K-9 of­fi­cer at­tempted to track the scent of the driver, but was un­able to lo­cate him at that time. In­side the ve­hi­cle deputies re­port­edly lo­cated sev­eral pieces of mail as well as a Bible — all with the name Quin­te­rio Jamel Pitts on them. A deputy was able to match 22- year- old Pitts’ face with photos on record to the man he had ob­served driv- ing the ve­hi­cle.

War­rants have been taken for Pitts for flee­ing/at­tempt­ing to elude a po­lice of­fi­cer, strik­ing a fixed ob­ject and leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400. Callers may re­main anony­mous.

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