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High speed chase ends in arrest

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A suspected drunk driver led authorities on a wild ride over the weekend in Lowndes County.

When a sheriff's deputy tried to pull over the man for speeding, he took off.

The chase ended when he jumped a guard rail and crashed into a tree.

This is dash cam video of a high speed chase on Highway 41 in Lowndes County toward Lake Park. Staff Sergeant Kenny Yarbrough tried to pull over 35-year old Mark Christopher Wheeler for going 17 miles over the speed limit but Wheeler would not stop.

"He followed the vehicle up to Dasher where the vehicle turned around and checked him on radar at 72 and as the vehicle approached the Lake Park area, he initiated a traffic stop," said Capt. Michael Weldon.

This is Wheeler's silver dodge nitro as he was pulled over in the True Value Hardware parking lot in Lake Park and then took off. This is what the the SUV looks like now.

"They turn into the Quality Inn parking lot where the nitro jumped the curb," said Capt. Weldon.

Yarbrough then chased him through the Farmhouse restaurant parking lot. Then, got on Millstore Road.

The chase ended after Wheeler flew over the guard rail and hit a tree. I-75 is just yards away.

Wheeler was going 90 to 100 miles per hour when he hit the guard. He walked away from the crash. He refused medical treatment and would not take a sobriety test. Wheeler is charged with evading, three traffic offenses and DUI.


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