Suspect leads police chase with 3-year-old in car

by Wes Mayer

A man was charged with numerous traffic violations after he attempted to flee from Newnan Police officers Thursday with a child in the car.

The chase began after Officer Chris Sudduth with the Newnan Police Department clocked the suspect, Jerod Lester, 21, traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on Sewell Road. Sudduth was able to pull over Lester, he said, but when he approached the driver’s window, Lester put the car into drive and took off. There was also a 3-year-old child in Lester’s vehicle, Sudduth said.

Lester then made his way up Armory Road and turned left onto LaGrange Street, failing to stop at the stop sign, Sudduth said. The chase continued to Smokey Road, with Lester recklessly passing multiple vehicles, and then he turned onto Hearthstone Drive Northwest, according to authorities.

Police followed Lester through the Hearthstone neighborhood, and Lester finally pulled into a driveway on the 100 block of Hearthstone Drive South where he was taken into custody, Sudduth said. The home where he stopped apparently belonged to someone he knew, authorities said.

It turned out Lester was running because he had two warrants out for his arrest in Peachtree City and another in Fayetteville, Sudduth said. Lester’s license was also suspended.

Lester was charged with speeding, fleeing and attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, stop sign violation, passing within 200 feet of other vehicles, failure to maintain lane and driving on a suspended license. He was transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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