More charges against driver in car chase, details of chase revealed

More charges against driver in car chase, details of chase revealed
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The men arrested after a chase Wednesday afternoon, when their truck crashed, appeared in court Thursday morning

Joe Adkins, 19, Chase Hartfield, 17, and Jonathan Hand, 20, were booked into the Dougherty County Jail on aggravated assault and entering auto charges.

The judge granted bond only to Hartfield, in the amount of $5,000. Adkins and Hand were held in jail.

Dougherty Co. Police said the chase began in the 4900 block of Old Dawson Road around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"We typically don't like to pursue people in those kinds of situations, but when you have a felony when someone has shot at someone with another weapon, we feel they are a tremendous threat to the community," explained Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson.

The incident started at a home on Old Dawson Road.

Police said the suspects broke into a car and may have been trying to break into the home when they realized the person living there was home.

That's when the men fired a shot and took off in a truck, heading towards Terrell County.

The victim followed them, calling police while chasing the car, telling police they had fired several shots.

"When you have something like that, where you have a moving situation it took us a while to establish where he was at," said Jackson.

Police caught up with the suspects at Forrester and Old Dawson, but the suspects didn't stop.

"They went down Bryon Plantation Road and at the intersection, they collided with a light pole there," explained Jackson.

At that point, Jackson said Adkins and Hartfield jumped out of the car, but Hand continued driving.

Hand drove close to 10 miles down Gillionville and Oglethorpe where he eventually crashed in East Albany.

He's now being charged with reckless driving and attempting to elude a police officer.

"We're continuing to investigate. We're working on the motive behind why this occurred and we are continuing to follow up on information we are developing from the initial incident," explained Jackson.

The Georgia State Patrol and Dougherty Co. Police officers worked together to get the people involved in custody after the crash.

Hand and Adkins have had past run-ins with the law in Worth County. Hand was arrested in April for possession of Meth, driving with a suspended license, DUI drugs, and failure to drive in a single lane.

Joe Adkins created a Facebook sensation recently when he was pulled over by masked officers.

Adkins was charged with tampering with evidence in August of 2015.

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