Convicted felon wrecks before chase begins


A convicted felon with outstanding warrants unsuccessfully attempted to flee Coweta County Sheriff's Office deputies on Wednesday afternoon.

According to sheriff's office Lt. Col. James Yarbrough, around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Deputy Jack Hollis spotted a Volkswagen Jetta driving more than 20 miles per hour over the 25 mph speed limit on Lake Circle. Hollis flipped on his lights to pull over the vehicle and the driver sped off.

Hollis pursued and initially lost sight of the driver, but he soon rediscovered the vehicle badly damaged and lying on its passenger's side in the woods, Yarbrough said. The vehicle was traveling more than 60 mph when the driver lost control. Hollis inspected the vehicle and saw that the driver had been thrown to the side of the car and had bloody hands and a torn shirt.

Hollis then told to driver not to move, and he was going back to his patrol car to call Coweta Emergency Medical Service. When Hollis turned around, he saw the driver attempting to flee on foot down the woods line. At that time, Deputy Jeff Bugg arrived on scene for backup, and the driver was quickly apprehended, Yarbrough said.

The driver was identified as James Gary Hill, a convicted felon with outstanding warrants. According to Yarbrough, when asked why he tried to run, Hill admitted he had warrants for his arrest in Newnan.

While searching his vehicle, a handgun that was reported to be stolen from Opelika, Alabama, was discovered by deputies. Hill admitted to having the firearm and claimed he had purchased the gun, Yarbrough said.

Hill was charged with speeding, driving without a seatbelt, failure to maintain lane, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by receiving.

More Local

Westmoreland may seek House Speaker post

Coweta County resident Lynn Westmoreland may be eyeing a run for Speaker of the House of Representatives. Speaker John Boehner announced Sep ... Read More

Surveillance footage IDs thief

Video surveillance footage helped capture a man accused of stealing items from a parked car. Authorities from the Coweta County Sheriff&rsqu ... Read More

Post office grounds draw ire

Coweta citizens are complaining about the unkept grounds of the U.S. Post Office located on Postal Parkway in Newnan. Locals said the ground ... Read More

ALDI grocery store coming in 2016

The city of Newnan announced last week that the ALDI grocery store chain will move into the old OfficeMax space in Newnan Pavilion located o ... Read More

Piedmont refutes reports of no plans for urgent care facility

Piedmont Healthcare has issued a statement that the medical care organization does want to have an urgent care facility in Newnan and that a ... Read More

4-year-old brother witnessed attack

Man charged with raping fiancee’s daughter

Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Sharpsburg man for the rape of a 12-year-old. According to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough with t ... Read More