August 18, 2021

New York man leads Jones County deputies in pursuit, crashes

Therese Apel

Police say a New York man is fortunate to be alive after leading Jones County Sheriff’s Department deputies on a high speed pursuit before crashing late Wednesday afternoon.

According to a release from Jones County,  Deputies Jeff Monk and Bradley Boyd saw a Nissan Pathfinder traveling at a high rate of speed heading south on Interstate 59 north of Laurel. As they attempted to stop the car, the driver increased his speed to over 100mph and attempted to evade the deputies.

The driver took Exit 99 and turned toward Laurel on Hwy. 11 heading south. As he neared the intersection of 24th Street in Laurel, his vehicle left the road, hitting several trees before flipping multiple times.

After the wreck, the driver was able to get himself out of the car and was taken into custody.  Deputies provided medical attention until the ambulance arrived.

He was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel by EMServ Ambulance Service for treatment.


Photo courtesy: Jones County Sheriff’s Dept.

olice say they are conducting an investigation into why the driver ran from them. his name is not yet been released.

According to Jones County, Deputy Drew Morecraft, Deputy Troy Lewis and Sgt. Derick Knight also responded to the scene.

Sandersville Fire & Rescue firefighter Lyndell Nickey assisted with traffic control on the scene having been just seconds away from the crash.

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