Children in back seat
Two arrested for high-speed chase
by Wes Mayer
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.