ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man and woman suffered minor injuries when they crashed as they sped away from Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents, also causing the death of a puppy.
A.D.D.U. drug agents seized a wide assortment of drugs and cash from that car. But despite drug agents' best efforts, a young puppy was killed in the crash.
Officials said it happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
An Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit marked car tried to pull over a 2015 Dodge Charger at the intersection of Baldwin and Gillionville for a minor traffic violation, when the suspects took off at a high speed.
The suspects sped through the neighborhood at more than 70 miles an hour, then lost control and hit a tree near two schools at the end of the day.
"We were very concerned about that," said Interim Commander Captain Eddie Jones. "We were actually about to pull off, when he actually had the accident."
Gregory Washington, 31, and his passenger, 32-year-old Ronda Winkfield suffered minor injuries. Winkfield had a broken wrist.
As EMS was called for the suspects, drug agents tried to save two puppies that were injured inside their car.
"One of the agents actually took the puppy out of the vehicle and rushed it to the vet from the scene," said Jones.
One of the puppies had to be euthanized, the other was saved.
Drug agents seized heroin, meth, and marijuana inside the car, and more than $2,300 in cash.
"Heroin is coming back, and the drug dealers now-a-days are stacking on multiple types of drugs," explained Jones.
Both Washington and Winkfield are being held at the Dougherty County Jail on several charges. More charges are pending.
One of the charges against Washington was DUI. Investigators said he was drunk when he led Drug Agents on the short chase.