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Wanted Albany man leads GSP, Turner & Crisp Co. officials in car chase

Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) -

An Albany man remains in jail in Crisp County tonight after authorities say he led officers from several agencies on A Friday evening chase.

A Turner County deputy tried to stop Silas Westbrook Jr. from going 88 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone on 1-75, but Westbrook just sped up. He was chased by Turner and Crisp County deputies and state troopers for approximately 30 miles.

When finally stopped, marijuana was found in his car. It represents another violation on a long rap sheet.

In 1999, he was arrested for armed robbery in Dougherty County. He was accused of violating his probation in 2012 with marijuana and other charges. Before Friday's chase, there was bench warrant out for him from a 2013 criminal trespassing charge in Dougherty County.

"He could be spending a lot of time in jail waiting to go to trial before he gets a bond," said Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester. "Of course, if it is a probation issue, he probably won't get a bond."

In Crisp County, officers blocked off exits so Westbrook couldn't endanger drivers on county roads

"They done a great job getting those people on the interstate and from getting into the city," Hester said.  "The tragedies happen most of the time when they blow through these traffic signs and red lights."

In Turner County alone, Westbrook now faces at least 7 charges relating to speeding and reckless driving.

Westbrook Jr. will have to be processed through Crisp and Turner County before he is returned to Dougherty County Jail.

 

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