BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - An escapee is back in custody after officers say he led them on a high speed chase through busy Bainbridge streets. They say he walked off a work detail and stole a car.
A collision led to a criminal going back behind bars. 22-year-old Daniel Lozano led multiple officers on a chase through several intersections and grassy ditches.
"He ran off the detail. Ran into some woods into somebody's yard. He stole their truck," said Investigator Ken Davidson of the Decatur County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators assume the owner left the keys in the car, that's when Lozano sped off. The detail supervisor notified officers. Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brian Palmer said he was stationed in the right place at the right time.
"I was in the area of west Bainbridge when they put out a BOLO. At about that time, I was coming around the corner at Stone's, and he went head on with me. I turned my car around and the pursuit endured," said Trooper Brian Palmer Georgia State Patrol Post 14.
Troopers flagged the areas where they say Lozano drove the stolen truck through ditches. Palmer used a PIT maneuver to nudge the truck and ultimately end the chase, or so he thought.
"He tried to run. Then I deployed my taser and tased him. And he gave up with no further incident," said Palmer.
Palmer says he's proud he was able to help put Lozano back behind bars.
"He's looking at a life-sentence on a sexual assault charge. They just upgraded him. So it feels good knowing that we got somebody like that off the street today," said Palmer.
Lozano is now back in custody at the Decatur County Prison charged with escape and theft of a motor vehicle. Investigators notified the truck owner. And officers say no one was hurt during the chase.