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Armed car jacker caught after dangerous chase

Chad Kirkpatrick, Dougherty County Police Chad Kirkpatrick, Dougherty County Police
David Gysin, Witnessed Chase David Gysin, Witnessed Chase
Pam Johnson, neighbor and friend of victim Pam Johnson, neighbor and friend of victim
Suspect William Owens in police custody Suspect William Owens in police custody
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A dangerous chase started in the quiet River Point subdivision where 75 year-old, Jerry Peterman, was robbed.

"Contact was made with our victim who reported they had been robbed of their vehicle and a wallet by a white male, armed with a handgun," said Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick, Dougherty County Sheriff's Department.

Lee County deputies spotted William Owens driving Peterman's stolen truck, and the chase was on.

"The pursuit then came back into Dougherty County," said Kirkpatrick. "Into Albany, where it later went down to Newton Road. Into Newton, to Baker county. And back into Dougherty County."

That's when we shot video of Owens speeding through the intersection of Gillionville Road and Westover Boulevard as officers blocked traffic to try to keep people safe.

"During the pursuit, he did try to run several vehicles off the roadway," said Kirkpatrick.

The pursuit then moved to North Slappy, where David Gysin shot this video seconds after a State Trooper used a pit maneuver to stop Owens. Numerous other officers then rushed in to make sure he didn't escape.

"First thing I saw was two police officers, one in an SUV and one in a squad car, basically pinning the Tundra together." said Gysin.

Neighbors of the River Point subdivision said they will try to be more vigilant, but right now, they're just happy their friend is ok.

"We're quite proud of Jerry for not trying to be the hero and turning his car over and resisting," said Pam Johnson.

Police recovered a gun. They said Owens waved it at officers during the chase, but they don't think he fired it.

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