High-speed chase ends in Lowndes

| April 25, 2016

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VALDOSTA – A multi-county high-speed chase on Interstate 75 ended Friday afternoon in Lowndes County.

At approximately 5:50 p.m., the Tift County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls in reference to a reckless driver on I-75 southbound. A Tift County deputy checked a white 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling southbound on I-75 at 93 m.p.h. in a posted 70 m.p.h. speed zone near mile marker 57.

The vehicle stopped for the deputy in the emergency lane. As the deputy exited his patrol car, the driver of the Tahoe accelerated and fled from the traffic stop southbound on I-75. The Tahoe accelerated to speeds over 110 m.p.h. and drove reckless, passing vehicles in the emergency lanes. Tift County Sheriff’s Office called off the pursuit near the Cook County Line.

Officers with the Sparks Police Department then observed the same vehicle speeding near mile marker 41 on I-75 southbound in Cook County. Sparks Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle in which the vehicle accelerated refusing to stop.

The Tahoe exited the interstate at Exit 32. The Tahoe then re-entered the interstate at the same exit. Sparks Police Department then requested assistance from the Georgia State Patrol.

A GSP Trooper was standing by at Exit 29 in Lowndes County, blocking traffic from entering the interstate in front of the oncoming pursuit. The Trooper observed the pursuit pass and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Tahoe. The driver disregarded the Trooper and continued to flee southbound on I-75 at high rates of speed.

The vehicle accelerated to speeds over 120 m.p.h. on the wet roadway. The driver showed a total disregard to the motoring public and placed other motorists at risk for serious injury or death. The driver passed traffic in the emergency lanes at high speeds on a wet pavement. The driver continued to pose a threat by cutting off motorists and following vehicles at unsafe distances.

The Tahoe passed a tractor trailer in the emergency lane near Franks Creek Bridge overpass and nearly struck a disabled motorist on the shoulder of the roadway.

Due to the reckless nature and the continued threat to the motoring public, the trooper executed the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) south of the southbound weigh station near the 23 mile marker.

The Tahoe rotated counterclockwise and traveled off the east shoulder of the roadway striking the concrete median barrier. The Tahoe then re-entered the roadway continuing to rotate before stopping in the middle southbound lane.

The driver exited his vehicle and fled on foot westbound. The driver was soon apprehended and placed under arrest.

The driver was identified as 23 year old Denzil Dean James of Stone Mountain, Georgia. James had active felony warrants for Larceny out of Hinesville, Georgia.

James was checked by EMT personnel on scene and transported to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the vehicle, there were numerous credit cards and checks not belonging to James.

James was charged with Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane, Improper Lane Change, Following Too Close, Improper Use of Emergency Lane, Expired License and Seatbelt Violation.

James also has additional charges from Tift County Sheriff’s Office and Sparks Police Department. Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating any possible Larceny or Fraud by James.

No injury was reported from any Law Enforcement, Citizens or Suspect in this pursuit. Damage was sustained to the Tahoe after the PIT and minor damage to the GSP patrol car.

Additionally, as the Tahoe struck the concrete barrier, the rear window broke traveling into the northbound lanes of traffic. Damage was sustained to windshields of two northbound vehicles but no injuries were reported.

Georgia State Patrol

 

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  1. Laura Youngblood says:

    We saw all this happening. From the time he almost hit me and my family, the law pulling him over and he pulling away from the officer, him getting back on the interstate with lots and lots of officers, to him finally wrecking! I prayed the whole time that only he would be the one getting hurt! This was a 30 minute chase…. These officers did an amazing job!