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Troopers get their man-- after chase

Gregory Geter (Source: Dougherty County Jail) Gregory Geter (Source: Dougherty County Jail)

April 24, 2006

Albany -- A car chase down one of Albany busiest streets sends a state trooper to the hospital and ends with a wreck and an arrest. The chase started Friday night around 7:00 when 27 year old Gregory Geter, of Albany, pulled up to a roadblock on Georgia Power Road.

When a state trooper asked to see Gregory Geter's license, he took off. His car grazed the trooper in the knees, knocking him to the ground. The other troopers jumped in the patrol cars and took off after him.

Geter flew down Jefferson Street south toward Phoebe Putney, with three patrol cars close behind.

"The driver was driving very erratic and reckless," said Trooper Darryl Benton, who drove the lead car, and knew Geter was headed to an area with a lot of traffic and pedestrians. "We were very concerned the subject was out-of-hand and would hurt someone."

Geter turned onto Flint Avenue, and the troopers got a chance to stop him. It took three attempts, but Trooper Kyle Duke from the Donalsonville Post managed to bump the side of Geter's car and spin him out.

"The vehicle left the roadway onto south shoulder. There was a loading ramp to a facility there which the vehicle collide with," said Benton.

Geter was trapped in the mangled Chevrolet Beretta, but unharmed. Troopers help him out the passenger side window and put him under arrest.

Geter ran from troopers because he had a suspended license, but now he faces a list of charges, including fleeing authorities, running red lights, driving under the influence and aggravated assault on a police officer.

He is in the Dougherty County Jail tonight. The trooper who was hit by the car, Sergeant Clay Luke from the Thomasville Post, was treated and released from the hospital, but may need surgery.

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