The Crisp County sheriff is thankful no one was injured after three suspects led deputies on a lengthy multi-county high speed chase in a stolen car.
The chase started on the interstate when a deputy spotted a car involved in a stolen gas incident. It went down several county roads, and even a dirt road.
The traffic stop on Interstate 75 appears to be a normal stop. The car turns on its blinker and gets all the way over but moments later shoots across traffic and takes off.
The incident that started at an Arabi gas station, when the men left without paying for gas turned into much more. "They're putting everybody they come in contact with in danger. They're not experienced drivers. They don't know how to handle an automobile," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.
Behind the wheel is Christopher Coventry. His 16-year old brother, and Antwon Green another friend are also in the car.
Speeds quickly topped 120 miles an hour. The deputy calls for backup but no one was close by. "When you put the lives of your citizens in danger, and anybody's life in danger, it frustrates you that they have no regard for anybody else's life," said Sheriff Hancock.
The car quickly exits at Exit 104 and heads east. The sheriff got concerned about the lone deputy in the chase.
"I knew backup was not close to him, so my concerns were, what if they're carrying him out 8 to 10 miles out in the county and they stop, and he has some sort of confrontation," said Sheriff Hancock.
The car a good ways in front of the deputy turned on several county roads, eventually flying down a dirt road before heading to Vienna. Deputies with Dooly County and Vienna police officers along with state troopers caught up with the car in Vienna.
Spike strips and a brave deputy stopped the car before anyone was hurt.
Coventry faces a long list of charges. "Eight traffic charges, plus the theft of gas plus the stolen automobile charge that he'll face in Houston county," said Sheriff Hancock.
Both Green and Coventry are in the Crisp County jail. The 16-year-old was turned over to juvenile authorities.
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