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UPDATE: Fleeing motorcycle rider identified, charged

Photos after a chase that started in Lee County ended in a crash in Albany.
Photos after a chase that started in Lee County ended in a crash in Albany.(Viewer)
Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 10:00 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 11:26 AM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A high-speed police chase of a motorcycle through Lee County and Albany streets ended in a crash that sent the suspect to the hospital.

The chase started in Lee County near Forester Parkway when Georgia State Patrol (GSP) troopers tried to conduct a traffic stop on a motorcycle.

GSP said Austin Michael Lowther, 27, of Leesburg reached speeds over 80 miles an hour during the 11-mile chase. He eluded troopers, but was later spotted by law enforcement and stopped on West Roosevelt Street in Albany when crashed into a trooper’s car, according to GSP.

Lowther was treated at a hospital and placed in the Dougherty County Jail on multiple traffic and attempting to elude police charges.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Albany police officers blocked off intersections to protect motorists during the incident.

Lowther suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

We are expecting to receiver Lowther’s mugshot soon.

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