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High speed chase lands man in jail

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GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - A high speed chase began in Grady County and led officers through three cities before it ended with the driver crashing near Bainbridge. That man is behind bars after putting many drivers on the road in danger.

There's one place drivers did not want to be around 7:30 Saturday night. That was on Highway 84 between Whigham and Bainbridge. Speeds got up around 110 miles per hour as several agencies chased after a man and caught him.

Dash cam video shows a silver Ford Taurus crashing into a field after a high speed chase through two counties Saturday evening.

More than 10 minutes earlier, a Whigham police officer chased and pulled over the driver 46-year-old James Wright after he failed to move over for the officer making a traffic stop. As soon as a Grady County Deputy pulled up to assist him, Wright sped off west on Hwy 84 towards Bainbridge passing cars and tractor trailers.

"It becomes a bigger issue when you have multiple officers involved and vehicles on the road," said Grady County Sheriff, Harry Young.

You can see where he threw a bag out the window. Police believe it may have been drugs. The chase continued through Climax. Officers and deputies backed off at the appropriate time, but didn't let up.

"That's how you catch most of your drug dealers," said Sheriff Young. "Don't back off and let them know you'll pursue them no matter what."

GSP assisted Decatur and Grady County Sheriff's Deputies along with Bainbridge and Whigham Police. They knew they had to stop the chase before the suspect got too far into Bainbridge city limits. Decatur County Sheriff's Deputies setup spike strips not too far past Bainbridge High School. The driver hit the spikes, lost control, crossed all four lanes and crashed into a field about 100 yards off the road.

"All of us working together helps people out and helps us get reckless people off the road," Sheriff Young noted.

Deputies and police searched for those drugs for hours Saturday night after the crash. They continue to search along the road where they believe James Wright may have thrown drugs out his window.

They say they smelled alcohol on his breath when he crashed. Wright was taken to the hospital for treatment. Now he's being held in the Decatur County jail. He's been arrested for similar charges. 

He faces several charges including reckless driving, eluding an officer, and littering.