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Wanted FL man dies in Tift Co. wreck

This was the scene after the crash on Union Road. (Source: WALB) This was the scene after the crash on Union Road. (Source: WALB)
The man lost control and crashed in Tift Co. (Source: Google Maps) The man lost control and crashed in Tift Co. (Source: Google Maps)
Chief Kenneth Washington said his officer first tried to stop the man. (Source: WALB) Chief Kenneth Washington said his officer first tried to stop the man. (Source: WALB)
Multiple agencies were involved in trying to stop the man. (Source: WALB) Multiple agencies were involved in trying to stop the man. (Source: WALB)
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

The man involved in a deadly crash in Tifton had officers following him all the way from Sylvester. 

The driver eventually crashed on Union Road in Tifton where he was pronounced dead. Law enforcement officials said it was a team effort to make sure nobody else was hurt in the incident. 

"Everyone in this incident did a great job and I'm very proud," said Sylvester Police Chief Kenneth Washington.  

Chief Washington said he didn't know what would happen after the driver in a Black Toyota Camry was pulled over in Sylvester for going 51 in a 35 just before 1 Wednesday morning. 

"When the officer attempted to approach the vehicle, the driver drove off at a high rate of speed," said Washington.  

Washington said his officer followed behind him, radioing to everyone in the area about what had happened. Then Chief Washington said Poulan police spotted the driver, clocking him at a speed of more than 100 miles per hour. 

"Next thing we knew he was in Tifton where the subject wrecked his vehicle," explained Washington. 

Georgia State Patrol troopers said after swerving back and forth to each side of the road, the driver overcorrected, went into a ditch, hit the embankment and went airborne, eventually crashing into a utility pole. 

Deputy Tift Co. Coroner Melissa Carroll confirmed that he was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

"By the time the officer called the tag number in it was reported the vehicle had been stolen out of Orlando, Florida. And also he was wanted for attempted murder charges and armed robbery charges in Orlando," said Washington. 

Washington said the Worth County Sheriff's Office was also on the lookout.

Tifton Police helped block off roads to watch out for the driver and GSP said Tifton sheriff's deputies had been following him leading up to the crash. 

"We work together as a team to help each other out, support each other and keep the community safe looking out for drivers like this," explained Washington. 

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