1 charged after Bainbridge accident involving stolen vehicle

1 charged after Bainbridge accident involving stolen vehicle
Mark Strops

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WALB) - A man driving a stolen car crashed into another vehicle head-on in Bainbridge Sunday morning, according to Bainbridge Public Safety (BPS).

A vehicle was stolen from a Dollar General on Highway 84 East.

Just after noon on Sunday, a BPS officer spotted the vehicle on Collier Street and tried to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop, according to BPS.

Because of the driver’s “erratic driving,” the officer decided to back off as the driver approached Shotwell Street, BPS officials said.

The driver continued to drive recklessly and struck another vehicle head-on.

The vehicle, a white 2009 Honda Civic, was identified as the same vehicle stolen from the Dollar General earlier that day, according to BPS.

Investigators said they identified the driver of the stolen vehicle as Mark Strops.

BPS said Strops was injured in the accident and taken to the hospital for treatment. Officers said he was charged with felony theft by taking.

Georgia State Patrol (GSP) is investigating the accident and BPS is investigating the vehicle theft.

UPDATED INFORMATION: On Sunday morning around 11am, Officer LaDaric Jones was dispatched to the Dollar General at 1616...

Posted by Bainbridge Public Safety on Sunday, May 26, 2019

The other driver in the accident didn’t report any injuries, according to BPS.

The Honda was towed after the accident and body camera footage from the incident was filed into evidence. The case has been turned over to Bainbridge Public Safety Investigations.

More charges could be pending the GSP investigation into the accident.

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