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Albany Police Chief defends deadly chase

June 29, 2007

Albany -  Albany Police Chief James Younger defends the high speed chase that killed two people Wednesday night.

Younger told city commissioners Thursday night that the suspect being chased, 33-year old Bobby Jones, was also wanted for questioning in a recent shooting.

Jones led a drug agent on a high speed chase from North Jefferson Street in  Albany into Lee County Wednesday night.

Jones' Cadillac crashed head-on into a car driven by 21-year old Billy Klewitz. Klewitz and Jones were both killed.

The officer chasing Jones, Gary Price, was not injured.

Law enforcement officials say even though Price is an APD employee and that agency has a "no chase" policy, Price was assigned to the drug unit, which has a different policy and leaves chases to the discretion of individual officers.

Cpl. Price is assigned to desk duty while the investigation continues.