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Dashcam video of deadly wrong way driver

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

PELHAM, GA (WALB) – Dramatic dash cam video has been released of a wrong way driver speeding down U.S. 19 IN Mitchell County.

A Pelham Police officer clocked the northbound Honda Civic Sunday morning going over 100 miles an hour in the southbound lane of the highway.

"The officer clocked him at 104 miles an hour," said Pelham Police Investigator Rod Williams.

Following 911 calls from passerby drivers, dash cam video shows the officer approaching US 19 from Highway 93. Seconds later, the car speeds past the waiting police cruiser.

Investigator Rod Williams says he's seen people drive on the wrong side of the road before in an attempt to allude police, but why this driver did it remains a mystery.

"We don't know what this guy's circumstances were, or why he was driving so erratically, or why he was driving at a high rate of speed. But he put everybody's life in danger," said Williams. 

Attempting to catch up to the speeding car and warn oncoming traffic, the officer gets in the northbound lane. But the driver has no intentions of slowing down. At least 5  oncoming cars have to pull off the road to avoid being hit head on.

"Anybody who would've been on the roadway that night would have been in definite peril.

But it would be the wrong way driver, 36-year-old Jeffery Wayne Mercer of Camilla, who would end up losing his life.

The officer arrived seconds after Mercer clipped a tractor trailer which spun his car into on coming Honda Civic.

 Fortunately no one else was else was seriously hurt.

Police say a case like this warrants the use of stop sticks, but there just wasn't enough time to deploy them.

"There was no time to react another that to activate his emergency lights in attempt to get the vehicle to stop, and also to warn other traffic. It's definitely a blessing that no one other than the person creating the hazard was killed," said Williams.

The woman and child in the Honda Civic that struck Mercer's car treated at the hospital and released with minor injuries.

Toxicology tests are pending in the case.

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