DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - A wanted fugitive who led Coffee County deputies, Douglas police officers, and Georgia State Troopers on a high speed chase over the weekend is behind bars at the Coffee County Jail, facing multiple charges.
Coffee County deputies conducted a traffic stop on 31-year-old John Thomas Highsmith Saturday afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. on the Willacoochee Highway. Highsmith ran through a stop sign, barely avoiding a multi-vehicle collision.
Deputies saw that Highsmith was wanted on two outstanding probation warrants related to previous drug and other convictions. They told him to get out of the car, but he took off in the car, and deputies went after him.
Highsmith led deputies on a 100 mile an hour chase through the countryside and drove into the City of Douglas, racing through residential and commercial areas.
He stopped and took off running, but was caught by Douglas police.
Highsmith has been charged with two counts of violating probation, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing/attempting to elude law enforcement, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and multiple traffic violations.