Wreck on I-85 ends police chase

by Wes Mayer

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Photo by Jeffrey Leo

The Chevrolet Tahoe was finally stopped after wrecking on I-85 at high speeds. The vehicle fled from authorities in Fulton County and Coweta County.


Two suspects were arrested Friday after a wreck along Interstate 85 ended a police car chase that traveled through both Fayette and Coweta counties.

Around 10:15 a.m., a homeowner on Irish Lane in Tyrone spotted suspects in a white Chevrolet Tahoe steal mail from his mailbox, said Sgt. Philip Nelson with the Tyrone Police Department. The homeowner contacted police and provided a description of the vehicle. The description was passed on to officers with the Peachtree City Police Department who were able to locate the vehicle.

According to Nelson, Peachtree City officers were unable to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. Due to high speeds, Fayette County authorities broke off the pursuit and provided the suspect vehicle’s description to Coweta authorities. According to radio traffic, Coweta deputies located the vehicle traveling west on Highway 34.

Coweta authorities continued the pursuit west on Highway 34 and north on Highway 154. The suspects then entered I-85 traveling northbound and reached speeds of 100 mph before the suspects lost control and ran off the road, causing the vehicle to overturn.

The suspects were taken into custody after the wreck and treated by emergency medical personnel. The two suspects have pending warrants for their arrests, Nelson said, and the investigation is ongoing — but they will most likely be facing identity fraud and theft charges for stealing the mail.



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