|High Speed Chase In Echols County Ends With Arrest and Stolen Vehicle|
High Speed Chase In Echols County Ends With Arrest and Stolen Vehicle
On April 26, 2016 at approximately 11:50 P.M. Echols Deputies were patrolling Hwy 441 when they encountered two vehicles, a white 2004 GMC Sierra flatbed truck and a 2000ís model ford F150 come to a complete stop in the highway. The vehicles then continued south bound. The Deputies attempted to stop both vehicles due to the suspicious activity. One of the Deputies initiated his blue lights after pulling behind the 2004 GMC Sierra flatbed truck. The truck then fled from the Deputies who initiated a brief vehicle chase, which ended when the Sierra left the roadway and went through a fence on private property and then the suspect fled on foot. Deputies gave chase and apprehended the suspect after deploying a taser to stop him. Suspect was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of various lock picks and shaved vehicle keys which led the Deputies to believe the vehicle was stolen. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was in fact just stolen from a construction company in Douglas, GA. Suspect refused to provide any identification but was later identified to be George Richard Fleming, 56 of Florida. Fleming had just been released from prison on April 13, 2016 after serving time for a similar offense. Fleming was transported to Lowndes County Jail where he faces charges in multiple jurisdictions for the following charges (F) theft by taking (motor vehicle), (F) burglary, (F) Possession of tools during the commission of a crime, (F) fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, (F) theft by receiving stolen property, (M) criminal trespass, obstruction of an officer, (M) improper stopping on a roadway, (M)driving while unlicensed, (M) DUI refusal, (M) failure to maintain lane, and (M) open container.
Sheriff Courson would like to commend the Deputies for their continued efforts in keeping the citizens of Echols County safe and putting these career criminals where they belong.
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