DCP continues search for Lee Co. man involved in single-car crash

DCP continues search for Lee Co. man involved in single-car crash
(Source: Steve Williams)
(Source: Steve Williams)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Law enforcers are looking for a Lee County man who crashed his car into a power pole and knocked out power to several folks in Dougherty County.

This is cell phone video shot by a resident on Lovers Lane Road Sunday morning of a Green Ford Expedition on fire.

Dougherty County Police are trying to figure out how the driver Jeffrey Ranew of Lee County, ran off the road hit this power pole and knocked over a fire hydrant.

Albany Firefighters were called in to put out the flames.

"When engine 2 arrived on the scene they did find an expedition that was approximately 50 percent involved and they extinguished it," said Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrowe, Albany Fire Department.

Dougherty County Police said Ranew is wanted by the Lee County Sheriff's Office for bond revocation, and that he was seen leaving the accident.

Power was knocked out to at least two homes in the area. Wayne Creech is one of those residents without power.

"I had gone to get breakfast and it woke two or three of the neighbors up and they all called me saying you're not going to be able to get back into your house because it was blocked off," said Wayne Creech.

Dougherty County police say they aren't sure if speeding was a factor in the crash..but Creech says he is concerned with speeding in the area.

"They fly through here, they run 55, 60 even during the middle of the night," said Wayne Creech

He hopes some kind of action will take place to get drivers to slow down.

"We need to get some kind of sign. Dougherty County or something to put out here even if it says 35..just to slow something down."

Georgia Power and other agencies were called in to replace the power pole.

"Once the fire was extinguished we notified Water, Gas and Light of the damaged hydrant," said Chief Harcrowe

Ranew is charged with failure to maintain lane and leaving the scene of an accident.

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