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Car thief wreck ends in fire

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Police are looking for a man who ran from an officer in a stolen car Monday night, crashing the car, leaving it on fire.

Take a look at the video from the Dougherty County Police car about 11 PM. The officer pulls over a 2000 Chrysler Cirrus for running a stop light on Oakridge Drive. When the Officer walked up to the car, he took off. The officer got back in his Police Car and headed after him.

The officer found the car at Holloway and Newton Road, after the driver lost control and plowed through a flower bed lined with railroad ties. The car went through two sets of the railroad ties.  That wrecked the car and left it on fire in a parking lot.

Firefighters were called. The driver got away, but Officers feel he was at least bruised from the crash.

Dougherty County Police Captain Jimmy Sexton said  "The air bags did deploy. So the person may have some injuries to his face or other injuries that would be apparent, from the air bag deployment."

The car was stolen from the Albany Auto Auction two weeks ago, but was a total loss. Police describe the driver as a young man, about 5-foot-8 and thin.

If you have any information, call the Dougherty County Police or CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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