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Valdosta man in jail after punching deputy's window

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A Valdosta man is in jail Friday after leading officers on a chase then punching through the windshield of a deputy's SUV.

26-year old John Smith sped away from a traffic stop in Valdosta about four o'clock Thursday afternoon.

His SUV crashed behind American Glass and Mirror Company on West Crane Avenue.

Smith and a passenger 20-year old Jasmine Pitts both ran, but were captured.

"He ran here behind the dumpster sitting right beside us and then he began to beg for a ride and I said no man I don't have a truck here," said Jimmy Guess Jr., who works at American Glass and Mirror Company. "He said I'll give you a $100 if you give me a ride and I said no."

As a Lowndes County deputy blocked Smith with SUV, Smith's hand went through the windshield.

Smith is charged with interference of government property and obstruction of an officer.

Pitts had previous charges of probation violation and theft by taking.

More charges pending.

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