Suspect escapes Newnan police after car chase

by Wes Mayer

Newnan Police are still looking for the driver of a vehicle who began a short car chase in the city Monday night and managed to escape on foot.

Around 11:04 p.m., Officer Christopher Robinson with the Newnan Police Department observed a gold Chevrolet Cobalt roll through a stop sign at the intersection of Spring Street and Perry Street. According to Robinson’s police report, he pulled behind the Chevrolet to make a traffic stop, and while following it down Perry Street, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The driver of the Chevrolet then made a left onto Salbide Avenue and increased his speed to around 50 mph, Robinson said. Robinson turned on his lights, called dispatch and pursued the vehicle. The vehicle made a left at Robinson Street, running the stop sign, and then ran the stop sign crossing East Broad Street. The driver continued driving northbound and made a sudden right onto Cole Street, running from the vehicle as it was still rolling.

According to the report, the driver, who has not been identified, ran east on East Washington Street toward Farmer Street. The two passengers in the car, Kentaris Armon Hall, 23, and Walter Lee Ponder Jr., 25, were not as fast. They also attempted to run from the vehicle, but Robinson drew his weapon and ordered them to stay in the car.

Backup arrived to place Hall and Ponder in handcuffs, and inside the car, Robinson found an open container of alcohol. Hall and Ponder were charged for the open container and for seat belt violations for not wearing their seat belts while the vehicle was in motion.

Both Hall and Ponder denied knowing who was driving the vehicle and were transported to the Coweta County Jail.

The driver, when caught, will face charges of fleeing/attempting to elude police officers, open container and a seat belt violation.

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