A Milledgeville man recently was arrested on criminal charges related to a vehicle chase with a local deputy sheriff.
No one reportedly was injured during the chase that happened early Dec. 30.
Speeds at one point during the chase reached nearly 100 mph.
It was later discovered that the suspect was in the possession of a handgun that had been stolen out of Putnam County.
The suspect was identified as Leon Scott, of a Ga. Highway 49 address, according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sgt. Jerome Roberts.
Scott was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude from a police officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, driving with an invalid or suspended vehicle tag registration, and driving without headlights when required.
After his arrest, Scott was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center.
Roberts explained in his report that officers with the Milledgeville Police Department had received a call about 3 a.m. that someone had entered an automobile in the 600 block of South Jefferson Street. The deputy said he went to the area to locate a suspect or suspects.
While looking in the area, Roberts said he spotted a red sedan with its passenger side headlight not working. The driver of the car at the time was traveling northbound on North Wayne Street and approaching Franklin Street.
The deputy said he later was able to get behind the car, which he described as a 2013 Hyundai Sonata
Roberts said he began following the car after he learned the vehicle registration was suspended.
The driver of the car later made a right turn onto Green Street and later made a right turn onto Elbert Street.
“At this point in time, I figured the vehicle was circling the area, possibly looking for someone to pick up, so I activated my blue lights to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle,” Roberts said in his report.
As the driver of the car passed Franklin Street, the driver began speeding up. Seconds later, Roberts said he notified a 911 dispatcher that he was involved in a pursuit.
The deputy said when the car passed Screven Street, the driver was doing about 85 mph.
Seconds later, as the driver of the car was approaching the Underwood Road area near the Dollar General Store that speeds reached up to 97 mph.
“The vehicle then began to decelerate and moved over to the oncoming traffic lanes, as it was trying to turn left onto a private drive next to All Credit Car Sales,” Roberts said.
Due to the driver’s high-rate of speed, Roberts said the car collided with a curb and mailbox, causing the car to leave the roadway.
The deputy said as the car rolled onto a grassy area, he saw one of the three occupants get out of the car and run. He then spotted a second person getting out of the car from the driver’s side door. Later, a third person fled.
Roberts said he was soon joined by police officers, as well as other deputies, and that an immediate search began to find the occupants of the car.
A K-9 also searched for the suspects, but after a while, authorities called off the search.
Roberts said he later found a Smith & Wesson, which he later learned had been stolen out of Putnam County. The gun reportedly was stolen during an entering an auto case worked by deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the car surrendered to authorities at the sheriff’s office, where charges were formally filed against him.
A trooper with the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville, was called to investigate the wreck.