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Man arrested after Moultrie car chase ends in flames

The '94 Buick Lesabre 51 year-old William Eric Green was driving in Monday's high speed pursuit ending in a wreck on the corner of 10th Street Northeast and Overlook Drive in Moultrie The '94 Buick Lesabre 51 year-old William Eric Green was driving in Monday's high speed pursuit ending in a wreck on the corner of 10th Street Northeast and Overlook Drive in Moultrie
Lieutenant Seth Walters, Moultrie Police Department Lieutenant Seth Walters, Moultrie Police Department
51 year-old William Eric Green 51 year-old William Eric Green
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

A 51 year-old man is in custody in the Colquitt County Jail after leading Moultrie police in a high speed chase that ended in a car fire.   

Investigators said William Eric Green was driving on a suspended license and had outstanding warrants.  Officers recognized the suspect from previous arrests, and were led on a broad daylight pursuit when he tried to get away.

Investigators said William Eric Greene was behind the wheel of the '94 Buick Lesabre heading east on Fourth Avenue South East in Moultrie when he was spotted by police. 

"One of our officers was on patrol and saw Mr. Green.  The officer had prior knowledge Mr. Green's license was suspended, so he turned around on Mr. Green's vehicle and initiated the stop," said Lieutenant Seth Walters, Moultrie Police Department.

But dash cam footage shows the suspect hit the gas as he swerved around cars and made quick turns.

"He led the officer on a short pursuit, probably 3/4 of a mile before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a utility poll," said the lieutenant.

Officers said the suspect was driving nearly 70 miles per hour heading south on 10th Street Northeast when he made an abrupt turn at Overlook Drive and rammed the pole.  Shortly after, his vehicle burst into flames.

"He was charged with driving without a license/suspended or revoked, fleeing and attempting to elude the officer, failure to maintain lane and expired tag," Walters said.

Green was treated for minor injuries before he was booked into the Colquitt County Jail.

"Those are all misdemeanor offenses.  Each could carry a year in jail," Walters said. 

Officers say running is the worst thing to do.

"If an officer is attempting to pull you over, even if you don't think you've done something wrong, the best thing is to pull over and cooperate.  You don't want to stack the charges on top of yourself," said Walters.

The Moultrie Fire Department put out the flames, and officers were relieved no one was seriously hurt.

Green ran away from the wreck, but officers chased him and he surrendered quickly.

Authorities also discovered Green has an outstanding warrant in Dougherty County.  He'll face the charges in court in Moultrie before being transferred to Dougherty County.

 

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