Suspects identified after Ben Hill Co. chase leads to manhunt, capture

Ben Hill Co. Chase Suspects

BEN HILL CO., Ga. (WALB) - Two suspects are in custody after a multi-agency manhunt involving the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office (BHCSO), Fitzgerald Police Department, Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and South Central Drug Task Force after a high-speed chase Monday afternoon.

Gregory Paul, 20, the driver, is facing 13 charges while the passenger, Erick Lee, 19, is facing a charge for resisting arrest and a charge for damage to government property, according to BHCSO.

The search for the suspects happened in the Cotton Mill area.

GSP had helicopters and K-9s involved in the chase.

Lee had already been arrested while investigators initiated a manhunt for Paul.

The chase started around 12:30 or 1 p.m. Monday when a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for going 86 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Paul was captured around 3:40 p.m.

The sheriff’s office said the chase ended when the vehicle crashed into a ditch and hit a light pole.

BHCSO said the vehicle they were in was stolen. Officials also said no one was hurt in the crash and the deputy was not involved in the crash.

The chase lasted around two or three miles.

Below is a list of Paul’s charges:

  • Speeding: 86 in a 35
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude
  • Reckless driving
  • Avoiding traffic control device
  • Failure to stop at stop sign
  • Failure to maintain lane
  • Affixing license plate with intent to conceal or misrepresent
  • Driving while unlicensed
  • Resisting arrest
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Damage to property
  • No insurance
  • Stolen vehicle

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