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Troopers track down drunk drivers

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany police charged 22-year-old Jermaine Harrison with a DUI and for fleeing and attempting to allude officers. Among several other charges he was also driving on the wrong side of the road.

State Troopers tell us Harrison sped through a check point on Turner Field Road. They chased the car down Malone Drive and performed a pit maneuver ending the chase.

Harrison was driving a maroon Mercury sable. The oil pan on the trooper car was busted from running over a fence and small rocks to stop the car.

This comes after a DUI task force troopers are enforcing to crack down on drunk drivers. State troopers have already caught seven impaired drivers on Dougherty and Lee County roads alone. That number is expected to grow as troopers turn in more reports.

A brief police chase ended around 10:15 Saturday night with the suspect in handcuffs. State Troopers say they were setting up a drivers license check on Turner Field Road when a driver sped past the road block.

Troopers chased the car down Malone Drive, performed a pit maneuver and ended the chase in the nearby yard. The driver then bailed. A brief chase followed with troopers tasing the suspect before he was taken into custody. Dozens of neighbors and children stood in their front porches watching everything.

GSP Cpl. Kyle Duke performed several pit maneuvers over the course of Saturday night and early Sunday morning to stop violators.

"We have violators all the time that take somebody else's car and they'll think you won't know who it was and they'll say they weren't driving," Duke said. "He (Harrison) jumped out of the drivers seat right in front of me and he's already claimed he wasn't driving."

State patrol officers filed another report Sunday stating they chased down another drunk driver at the corner of East Broad Avenue and Cason Street. They have not released the name or charges on other drivers they caught they caught over the weekend. 

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