VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - On Sunday morning around 7:30, Lowndes County deputies got a call over the radio from Florida law enforcement, warning of a non-law enforcement vehicle with strobing blue lights, speeding north on I-75.
A Lowndes County deputy spotted the vehicle near Exit 5 and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle zoomed on, at over 100 miles-per-hour.
The deputies were joined by troopers from the Georgia State Patrol as the chase continued north, while the driver of the fleeing vehicle tried to run officers off the road.
Cook County deputies joined the chase in their county, where officers used the PIT maneuver to get the vehicle stopped, and arrested Isaiah Abraham Quarterman.
Quarterman was wearing Kevlar body armor, and had a handgun and an M-4 rifle, a shorter and lighter variant of the M-16, and blue police-style lights. They had all been stolen in Florida.
Quarterman was taken to the Lowndes County Jail, and thus far no bond has been set.
"Our deputies are working with law enforcement in Florida regarding the stolen property and attempting to learn what Quarterman's intentions were. This had potential to end badly, but the deputies and troopers handled the situation perfectly, and everyone is safe," said Sheriff Chris Prine.
The 28 year old Quarterman lives on Nesting Eagles Lane in Jacksonville, Florida.
His Charges are:
Fleeing and attempting to elude
Aggravated assault on law enforcement
Theft by bringing stolen property into the state
Operating blue lights without permit
Anyone with information about Isaiah Quarterman or any other incident can contact the Sheriff's Office at 229-671-2950; or anonymous tips can be provided at 229-671-2985.