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Worth County Manhunt Continues

October 2, 2007

Worth County - - Three men refused to stop for a State Trooper in Worth County Tuesday. They ended up ditching the car in a neighborhood and one of them got away.

It all started with a traffic stop on Georgia 300.

"With my rear antenna I clocked it, he was running 90 mph," says Trooper Lisa Stokes.

90 mph with two others with him. They didn't stop.

"He went approximately a half a mile from where I activated my blue lights," Stokes says.

That's when the high speed chase began. The driver ended up in the Worthy Manor Mobile Home neighborhood.

"We were sitting on my boss man's front porch when we realized it was a high speed chase coming through here," says witness Justin Fitzgerald.

Not knowing here he was going, the driver drove the gray Chevy Malibu into a dead end. All three took out and ran.

Troopers immediately caught two of them, Eric Sharrord Barber and Frederick Lewis Randall Jr.

Investigators say the driver escaped into a nearby cotton field, ditching his pants and then continuing to hide.

Troopers say the suspect crawled through a drainage pipe and then ran through a fence into the woods.

Lee County K9 units searched by ground as a Patrol Helicopter searched by air. All of the commotion startling this quiet neighborhood.

"Just thought it was crazy coming through Worthy Manor like that. Nothing like that ever happens here," Fitzgerald said.

And they hope it won't happen again. The gray car the three were riding in was a rental car from David Smith Auto Land in Albany. The rental car was supposed to be returned last month.

Troopers say they have reason to believe drugs are involved in this case.   

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