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Doerun man accused of eluding police on ATV

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Mitchell County Sheriff's Deputies, Georgia State Troopers, Doerun Police and Doerun Volunteer first responders attend to 21 year-old Brandon Reynolds after a short pursuit ended in a crash Sunday around 9pm Mitchell County Sheriff's Deputies, Georgia State Troopers, Doerun Police and Doerun Volunteer first responders attend to 21 year-old Brandon Reynolds after a short pursuit ended in a crash Sunday around 9pm
Cpt. Samuel Smith, Doerun Police Department Cpt. Samuel Smith, Doerun Police Department
DOERUN, GA (WALB) -

A Doerun man accused of trying to elude police continues to recover at a Tallahassee hospital after a short pursuit ended in a crash Sunday. 

Officers said 21 year-old Brandon Michael Reynolds was driving a 2011 Polaris RZR down Highway 270 near Doerun a little before 9pm. 

"ATV's, four-wheelers, you know, whatever you want to call them are prohibited on state routes within our city," said Cpt. Samuel Smith, Doerun Police. 

Dash cam video from Officer Brittney Fries' patrol car shows Reynolds nearly disappeared into the darkness after zipping by. "He made no attempt to slow down," Smith said. "As a matter of fact it appears just the opposite that he accelerated."

Officers said Reynolds approached 60 miles per hour, then turned into a dirt driveway and headed off road. "I've heard of such incidents in other jurisdictions, but that's the first one we've had to actually run from us here in Doerun," said Smith.

But Reynolds lost control after hitting a ditch. Dash cam footage captured Officer Fries' reaction after the accident. "He flipped like four or five times," said Officer Brittney Fries, Doerun Police Department," she said in the video. 

"He's bleeding pretty bad out of his left arm, underneath his elbow and his chest hurts," said Fries in the dash cam video as she called for paramedics.    

Georgia State Troopers handled the wreck after arriving. Minutes later, Doerun Volunteer First responders and Colquitt County paramedics arrived before Reynolds was air lifted to Tallahassee Memorial hospital.  The Doerun Police Chief said Reynolds was treated for a broken arm, cracked ribs and a broken collarbone.

"We try to avoid high speed chases with anything," said Cpt. Smith. 

Thursday, a hospital spokesman said Reynolds is in good condition. Officers don't know why he ran, but say he was headed home. 

"It's the administration of this police department's opinion that this particular incident didn't actually become a pursuit because it ended before the officer could even identify the situation to her dispatcher," Smith said.

Reynolds was cited with attempting to elude police and operating an ATV on a state highway. Officers said he won't be arrested once he gets out of the hospital.  They say he could face some heavy fines, and may lose his license for up to a year. 

 

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