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Vehicle theft leads to high speed chase

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

CAIRO, GA (WALB) - A suspected car thief led police and sheriff's officers on a wild chase through Thomas and Grady counties.

But it all started with a vehicle theft in Colquitt county. Investigators say 24-year-old Justin Dean stole a truck in Moultrie.

Thomas county deputies spotted him and chased him into Grady county. It ended when Dean crashed into a Cairo police car.

Dashboard camera video from a deputy's car shows a wild chase of a blue GMC pickup truck in Grady County. Investigators say 24-year-old Justin Dean was behind the wheel of the pickup that was stolen in Moultrie just after midnight Friday morning.  

About an hour later, deputies spotted him in Thomas county. That's when the chase across county lines began.

"We got the call around 1:30. Thomas county deputies were in pursuit on Hwy 84 toward Grady county," said Grady county Sheriff Harry Young.

After Grady county deputies received the call about the stolen vehicle chase, they laid out a road spike to stop it.

Video from a Grady county deputy's dash shows Dean making no attempt to slow down, even after he ran over the road spikes. And he didn't stop until he rammed a Cairo Police car, also in the chase.

At that point Thomas county deputies tased him and arrested him.

"The guy was resisting arrest, that was the reason for getting tased," said the Sheriff.

Justin Dean is in the Grady county jail tonight charged with three misdemeanors and two felony charges in Grady county alone including DUI and Aggravated Assault on a peace officer.

He's facing other charges from the Georgia State Patrol, Thomas county, and Colquitt county for vehicle theft.

Dean was out on bond in Colquitt county awaiting his court date. He was arrested late last year for stealing another vehicle. Feedback


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