GPS in work truck helps catch suspect
by Wes Mayer
A man fled from a Coweta County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tuesday and managed to escape, but his choice in vehicle turned out to be his downfall.
According to Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office, Deputy Adam Dubois sighted a blue Chevrolet Colorado driving northbound on Old Highway 85. Dubois’ vehicle’s tag reader recognized the Chevrolet as having a suspended tag, and Dubois turned on his lights and siren to pull over the vehicle.
However, the driver, identified by the tag reader as John Joseph Rush, 42, did not want to be pulled over, and he accelerated away from Dubois, Yarbrough said. Dubois pursued Rush, observed him pass a vehicle in a no passing zone, run a stop sign at the intersection of Morgan Road, turn westbound onto East Highway 16, but lost sight of Rush after he turned onto Brown Road.
Unfortunately for Rush, Dubois’ tag reader knew Rush’s home address — on the 100 block of Standing Rock Road. Dubois drove by the home and found the blue Chevrolet Colorado behind the house with a damaged wheel, Yarbrough said.
Dubois made contact with a woman at the home who said Rush left in his work truck. According to Yarbrough, the truck Rush drove for work, a septic tank company, had a GPS tracking unit installed inside, which made it easy to tell where Rush was going, and the computer discovered Rush fled into Fayette County.
Fayette County authorities were notified, and they found and arrested Rush and returned him to Coweta. Rush was charged for a driving with suspended registration, driving on a suspended license, driving with no proof of insurance, failure to maintain lane, a stop sign violation and fleeing/attempting to elude officer.