Children in back seat

Two arrested for high-speed chase

by Wes Mayer

alt

Greenwood and Phillips

Two men were arrested Thursday following a high-speed car chase on Interstate 85 in Coweta County.

Around 4:35 p.m. Investigator Pat Lyons with the Coweta Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Suppression Unit pulled over a brown Infiniti for an improper tag around mile-marker 51 of I-85 southbound. Inside the vehicle were two men and two small children.

According to Lyons, he met with the driver, who identified himself as Tarron Wise, and was handed a South Carolina driver’s license that did not look like the driver. Lyons then ran the license through the system in his car and requested backup — when Investigator Josh Jordan arrived and Lyons began walking back to the Infiniti, the driver took off.

Speeds exceeded 100 mph as deputies chased the suspect southbound on I-85, during which the Infiniti cut through traffic and drove on the left-hand emergency lane to pass vehicles, according to Lyons. At mile marker 41, Sgt. Jeff Bugg clocked the Infiniti traveling 105 mph.

Because there were two children in the vehicle, neither of whom were in child safety seats, deputies did not want to risk using a PIT — precision immobilization technique — maneuver and wreck the vehicle, said Capt. John Lewis with the sheriff’s office. However, it was a situation where they did not know if the children had been abducted or if the vehicle had been stolen, so they chose not to terminate the pursuit.

Around mile marker 38, units were able to box in and immobilize the Infiniti, Lewis said. Once boxed in, though, the driver attempted to push his way out, causing some minor damage to deputies’ vehicles. Deputies were able to remove and handcuff both the men, and the children were placed in a patrol car for their safety.

After this, the Infiniti caught on fire under its hood, and Lyons retrieved a fire extinguisher to put it out, he reported. The Coweta County Fire Department was also called to assist.

Investigators searched the vehicle and found an amount of suspected marijuana in the center console, which neither the driver nor adult passenger claimed, Lyons said. Lyons also found a wallet in the car that contained a driver’s license with the name Pierre Rafael Greenwood, 25, matching the identity of the driver. The passenger was identified as Tyree Terrell Phillips, 20.

A check on Greenwood revealed he had an active warrant for failure to appear in court, so he was charged for that. Greenwood was also charged with giving false information, fleeing/attempt to elude, speeding, reckless driving, obstruction and two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree. Both he and Phillips were charged with possession of marijuana and were transported to the Coweta County Jail.

The two children were also transported to the sheriff’s office and were met by their mother and personnel with the Coweta County Department of Family and Children Services, Lewis said.



More Local

AAMCO locating new training center in Shenandoah

AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and a leader in total car care, will open its new AAMCO University in Cow ... Read More


Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

NEW YORK (AP) — More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an eve ... Read More


10 Things to Know for Today

our daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR ENTERS FOURTH WEE ... Read More


Missing Teen Found Safe

The 13-year-old girl reported missing on July 23 was found by authorities over the weekend and returned to her home. Karianna Cabello was fo ... Read More


Armed robbery suspect sought by Peachtree City authorities

In the early morning hours of July 27, Peachtree City Police officers responded to a residence on Abrell Woods Court after a reported armed ... Read More

Property values increase, school system millage rate to stay same

The Coweta County School System is maintaining its millage rate of 18.59 for the 2014 property taxes. The county’s overall tax digest ... Read More