2 charged after leading brief chase in Dougherty and Lee Co.

2 charged after leading brief chase in Dougherty and Lee Co.
Darian Eckler (Source: WALB)
Darian Eckler (Source: WALB)
ADDU Commander Major Prurince Dice (Source: WALB)
ADDU Commander Major Prurince Dice (Source: WALB)

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Officials arrested two men after attempting to stop a vehicle for failure to maintain the lane, turned into a chase through Dougherty and Lee Counties.

"You see one of the officers yelling for everyone to back up and you hear a pop," said witness Darian Eckler.

Not typical a Thursday for Eckler, who worked next door at Lee Optical near the crash.

"We looked out the front and you seen somebody running through the parking lot," explained Eckler.

Little did she know, a high speed chase ended in one fiery crash.

Anthony Capps, 24, and John Lewis, 31 were arrested after the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit attempted to pull Capps over in Dougherty County near the Superior Creek area around 1:50 p.m.

Capps didn't stop and led officials on a short chase down U.S. 19 into Lee County.

He turned onto Cedric Street and crashed into the back of Troy University building.

"And there's a little black car hit with the building and it's on fire and there's smoke everywhere," said Eckler.

ADDU Commander Major Prurince Dice said he sees this far too often.

"Drug dealers don't like to go to jail and at even given moment they will run from police officers," remarked Dice.

Dice said Capps ran because he had a warrant.

A dangerous game, and luckily for this one, no one was hurt.

"Be vigilant just kind of lookout for things like this," Dice recommended.

"I was shocked, I mean we never had something like this happen, it kind of like the world we live in," said Eckler.

Capps was charged with fleeing, driving on a suspended license, obstruction and driving without insurance.

Lewis, who was the passenger, was charged with obstruction.

The Georgia State Patrol took over the investigation of the crash.

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