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December 31, 2002

Charges will not be filed against a Turner County Deputy who caused a fatal crash on Interstate 75 earlier this month.

The State Patrol's Special Reconstruction Team says the deputy did not use what's called a pit manuever as first reported. Instead, he hit 19-year old James Lee Ham's car from behind. Ham was suspected of not paying for gas in Cordele. He led officers on a high speed chase down Interstate 75, passing through one construction zone and nearing another.

The District Attorney told investigators he won't file charges since the deputy may have saved lives by ending the chase when he did. Investigators were not able to figure out how fast they were going at the time of the wreck.

posted at 6:05 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com