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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

January 9, 2008

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - After Decatur County deputies answered a call Thursday night about a suicidal man with a loaded gun they ended up in a dangerous high speed chase.

Now that man is in jail on three felony charges including aggravated assault on a police officer.

Sheriff deputies were dispatched Thursday night to this home at 3591 Lake Douglas Road after a call that this man.

57-year-old Raymond French was suicidal with a loaded gun in his hand and his wife by his side.

"They beat on the trailer several times. He just told them he was busy inside," said Sgt. Jason Williams.

Deputies kept an eye on the Bainbridge home all night. Early Friday morning French sped off in his truck.

"We started a traffic stop on Lake Douglas Road. He failed to stop," said Sgt. Williams.

Deputies then chased French all the way to the Florida line, hitting speeds up to 110 miles per hour.

Around noon Florida deputies arrested French. He's now facing three felony charges including aggravated assault on two police officers.

"He would come over in our lanes and try to strike us. He almost got my vehicle twice at intersections. But he would still stop at these intersections, look both ways, and use his blinker," said Sgt. Williams.

Deputies say French will be taken for a mental evaluation.  Luckily no one was hurt in the hold up or the chase across state lines.

Deputies recovered several firearms in the house today and turned them over to French's son.  Feedback