BROOKS CO., GA (WALB) - Stephanie Downs and her friend, April Maples, shot video on their cell phones of a high speed chase they witnessed as they were headed back from the carnival in Valdosta around 11:30 Friday night.
When they came up on a GSP road block at the intersection of Troupville Road and Highway 133 on their way back to their home in Brooks County, they knew the carnival wasn't the end of the excitement for the night.
"All of a sudden, we seen his truck just come barreling off of Troupville Road. He went into oncoming traffic running every bit of 95 [miles per hour]," said Downs.
The driver of that Chevy Suburban was Timothy Grantham. Grantham had gotten into a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at his home in Lowndes County and reportedly physically assaulted her. After the dispute, he sped off in her SUV and she called police.
Downs and Maples said a friend of theirs was also in a relationship in the past with Grantham and was also beaten by him. "He's the person you would definitely classify as a monster because of the things that he has done. It's so great to know that he's off the streets," said Maples.
After running over the median as he crossed onto Highway 133, Grantham continued up the highway and turned onto a dirt road, eventually making his way to Pauline Church Road and turning back South onto Highway 133 where his tires were blown out by spike strips.
"He ran the stop sign there after his tires were spiked," Downs recalled.
Grantham kept going South on 133 until his tires finally gave out and he crashed through a gate to a cow field just South of Studstill Road, went into the cow field, hit and killed a calf, crashed into a marsh in the middle of the field, and then fled on foot.
He was arrested at his home Saturday afternoon after deputies were called back out there for another domestic dispute.
Downs and Maples said they are both extremely proud of the way the different law enforcement agencies worked together to keep everyone safe during the chase.
"They all pulled together, they all came together to make sure the roads were safe, blocking roads, blocking traffic, anything they could to keep things safe," Maples emphasized.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Grantham remained in the Lowndes County Jail facing multiple charges.
Watch the video here: **Warning - the footage provided contains profanity**