ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man and woman remain hospitalized, injured in a car crash as the man ran from police.
Investigators say The Dougherty County Police officer had backed off his pursuit, but the fleeing driver ran a red light and collided with another car.
23-year-old Michael Jones, Junior is in critical condition at Phoebe Putney Hospital. He was ejected from his Chevrolet Tahoe and suffered broken bones.
He struck 68-year-old Helen King's car in the intersection of South Jackson and West Oglethorpe about 7:40 Thursday night. King is in good condition.
Lt. Kenneth Johnson pulled Jones over for running a stop sign, but Jones took off. Johnson pursued him for several blocks before slowing down when Jones' driving became more erratic.
"We have a duty to enforce the law, but we also have a duty to the public safety. So it is one of those things that we have to weigh when we get in those situations. And we try to weigh all the factors and make the best decision. But we have to make them in a split second," said Captain Thomas Jackson Dougherty County Police
The Georgia State Patrol charged Jones with DUI. driving on a suspended license, running a red light, and seat belt violation.