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November 30, 2004

Lowndes County - A routine traffic stop turns into a high speed chase for Lowndes County deputies Tuesday.

Around 10:45 Tuesday morning, a deputy tried to pull over 20-year-old John Wesley Smith for speeding on I-75. He wouldn't stop, so the deputies chased him at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour for about 10 miles.

Smith finally lost control and ran off the road at Exit 5 in Lake Park. He and his passenger, 20-year-old Shi-Young Sharper, got out and ran.

"One was caught right at the top of the exit ramp and the other one ran down to the Taco Bell in Lake Park and went inside, hid in the closet, and we had a little aid from the personnel there because they just walked over and locked the door in the closet," said Captain J.D. Yeager.

The men match the description of two suspects who broke into a car and stole a woman's purse in Valdosta this morning.

Right now, they're in the Lowndes County jail charged with alluding and obstruction of an officer.

posted at 4:45 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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