2008-08-13 / Front Page

Arrest ends three-county chase

by MCL staff writer

Chase vehicle ends in overturning in Miller County. Chase vehicle ends in overturning in Miller County. On August 8, 2008, Miller County 911 dispatch was notified of a vehicle chase coming from Seminole County into Miller County.

A bolo had been put out over the computer for a subject out of Washington County, FL, with special attention to the Southwest Georgia area. The suspect, Jeffrey Jones, 28, of Chipley, FL, was involved in a domestic disturbance with his wife and was believed to be armed and dangerous. The suspect, Jones, had made several threats towards law enforcement officers and stated that he would use any means necessary to get away. The suspect was believed to be headed to his brother's residence in Macon.

A resident of Seminole County heard the bolo of 2003 Chevrolet Malibu and noticed the vehicle was in front of him. The resident called the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to report the vehicle. The Donalsonville Police Department was advised of the call and made contact with the vehicle.

Inv. Chad Robinson and Officer Kim Pugh attempted to perform a traffic stop on the suspected vehicle, but the suspect fled. The chase proceeded out of the city of Donalsonville into Seminole County on Hwy. 91 N. The Donalsonville Police Department and Seminole County Sheriff's Office pursued the vehicle into Miller County onto the Grady Cobb Road. Seminole County notified Miller County of the pursuit. Miller County then alerted Sheriff Glass and deputies of the chase. Miller County Deputy Cox, Sgt. Glover, and Cpl. Smith of the Colquitt Police Dept. traveled to the Mayhaw area to attempt an interception.

Capt. Rathel was only a few miles from the pursuit on Grady Cobb Road and headed south to assist with the pursuit. As Capt. Rathel approached the intersection of Grady Cobb Road and Jernigan Road, the suspected vehicle swerved toward Capt. Rathel and ran him off the road. Capt. Rathel was able to maintain control of his patrol unit and continue with the pursuit. The pursuit progressed to the Three Notch Road heading toward Early County.

Early County had also been notified and had deputies en route to assist. As the pursuit was approaching the Centerville Community in Early County, the suspect turned around in the road with the Donalsonville Police, Seminole County Sheriff's Office and Miller County Sheriff's Office still in pursuit and returning to Miller County.

As Captain Rathel was approaching the pursuit, the suspect again crossed over the center line into Captain Rathel's lane and ran Capt. Rathel into the ditch, nearly causing a head-on collision.

The suspect then ran Officer Smith of the Colquitt Police Department in the ditch.

The suspect proceeded north taking a left turn onto Dubose Road back into Miller County.

As the suspect attempted to turn onto Dubose Road, he ran through the woods and back through a steep ditch causing damage to the vehicle he was driving but continued down Dubose Road. As the pursuit continued down Dubose Road, the suspect got behind a van occupied by three adults and three juveniles. The suspect ran up behind the van and ran the van into the ditch. The occupants of the van were not injured.

While negotiating a curve on the road, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and rolled over one time. The suspect then fled the scene on foot into a wooded area with Deputy Cox, Officer Smith, Sgt. Kirkland and Inv. Robinson in pursuit. The officers lost sight of the suspect in the woods.

As the foot pursuit started, officers from Miller County, Seminole County, Early County, Colquitt Police Department and Donalsonville Police Department set up a perimeter to try to keep the suspect contained in the area.

The Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit and search dogs from Apalachee Correctional Institution and Decatur County were called to assist in the search. The search lasted into the early morning hours on Saturday. At approximately 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Early County notified Miller County dispatch of a male walking on U.S. Hwy. 27 near the Early County line matching the description of the suspect, Jeffrey Jones.

Deputies Robert Grier, Dale Mitchell and a Colquitt Police officer proceeded to that location and took Jones into custody without incident.

During the pursuit the speeds reached in excess of 100 miles per hour. The suspect, Jones, faces multiple charges in several Georgia counties and in Florida and Alabama.

Sheriff Glass stated the effort between all departments involved led to the capture of the suspect.

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