Two Atlanta men are being held in the Butts County Jail in Jackson following a high-speed car chase Sunday morning that reached speeds of more than 120 mph along Ga. Route 16 in two counties.
The two are believed to be suspects in an armed robbery of a convenience store in Milledgeville, authorities say.
An undisclosed amount of cash, believed stolen in the armed robbery of the Save-N-Shop at 844 W. Montgomery St. in Milledgeville, was recovered in the car following the chase that ended in Henry County when authorities used specialized pit maneuvers to end it. A Glock .40-caliber handgun reported stolen from Atlanta, as well as a mask were also recovered.
No one was injured in the high-speed chase, which involved a deputy sheriff and a Georgia State Patrol trooper.
Immediately after the car chase, one of the men was caught, while the other man ran away on foot and was subsequently chased down by a Locust Grove police officer along I-75 North in Henry County.
Butts County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Capt. Richard “Rick” Gandee talked by telephone with The Union-Recorder on Monday morning about the arrests of the suspects.
He identified them as Dominique Callahan, 25; and Miles Sanchez, 22, both of Atlanta.
Callahan, who was described as the driver of the car, was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, speeding, reckless driving, felony theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving with a suspended license, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and theft by receiving stolen property.
Sanchez, meanwhile, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Gandee said the suspects were held in the Butts County Jail in Jackson on Monday and that he expected detectives from the Milledgeville Police Department to arrive and interview them sometime soon.
The investigator captain said the case unfolded when Butts County Deputy Sgt. Trent Anderson clocked the driver of a red 2017 Hyundai Elantra traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on I-16 West at 9:14 a.m.
“He (Anderson) turned around on the car,” Gandee said, noting that he was in the process of conducting another traffic stop at the time. “The guy just floored it and took off on him.”
A short time later, Anderson informed a dispatcher that he was involved in a 10-80 pursuit with the driver of the car traveling westbound along I-16. At the time, authorities had no idea the men in the car were wanted as possible suspects in the armed robbery of the store in Milledgeville, Gandee said.
The investigator said Butts County authorities knew nothing about the armed robbery until later when they heard that Milledgeville police were looking for two armed robbery suspects.
“The chase lasted about 12 minutes,” Gandee told the newspaper. “When it got into north Henry County, a trooper with the state patrol post from Griffin got involved and attempted to pit the driver of the car, but the car bounced off a wall and Sgt. Anderson had to pit him a second time before it brought the car to a stop.”
The robbery happened shortly after 8 a.m. Officer Untimothy Roby responded to the call at 8:14 a.m., according to police records.
A clerk at the store told a 911 dispatcher that two black males wearing black masks, walked into the business and stole $3,722.23 from the register, and then left in an unknown direction of travel.
“After a search of the car was done, and they found the money, mask, gloves and gun, they called around and discovered that an armed robbery had happened about an hour earlier in Milledgeville,” Gandee said.