High speed chase ends in Lowndes

| April 5, 2016

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NAYLOR – A Florida man was arrested Monday afternoon following a high speed chase from Lanier County in Lowndes.

At approximately 1:18 p.m., a Georgia State Patrol Trooper was patrolling north on Georgia Highway 135 near Ganas Lane in Lanier County. The Trooper observed a gray Honda Accord traveling south on GA 135 at a high rate of speed, said GSP Cpl. Chris Kelch.

“The vehicle’s speed was checked utilizing radar at 75 m.p.h. in a posted 55 m.p.h. speed zone. The Trooper then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The Trooper activated his emergency lights and siren and observed the vehicle accelerating, increasing speed to 102 m.p.h.,” Kelch said.

The Accord continued south on GA 135 driving recklessly by passing vehicles in no passing zones and increasing speeds up to 120 m.p.h. The Accord continued into Naylor, nearly rear-ending another vehicle at the intersection of GA 135 and GA 38 (US 84).

“The Accord disregarded the stop sign at the intersection and began to travel west on GA 38 towards Valdosta accelerating to 120 m.p.h. The vehicle began to change lanes erratically and applying aggressive braking to the pursuing Trooper,” Kelch said.

A Motor Carrier Compliance Division Officer blocked traffic at the intersection of GA 38 and Inner Perimeter Road due to the approaching pursuit. The Accord slowed to approximately 80 m.p.h. through the intersection.

“Due to the reckless nature of the pursuit and the continuing threat to public safety approaching Valdosta city limits, the Trooper attempted to perform the Precision Immobilization Technique (P.I.T.) west of Inner Perimeter Road on GA 38. As the Trooper attempted to perform the P.I.T., the suspect braked hard causing the Accord to sideswipe the GSP patrol car,” Kelch said. “The suspect then traveled into the median on GA 38, crossed the eastbound lanes and went into the south ditch.”

The Accord then became entrenched in the wet grass, ending the pursuit. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Thaddeus Marquise Robinson, 26, of Sanford, Fla. was transported to Lanier County Sheriff’s Office and will be charged with multiple traffic violations including Driving on a Suspended License and Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, reports stated.

“No injuries were reported from law enforcement, citizens or suspect. No property damage was sustained other than the damage to the Accord and GSP patrol car,” Kelch said.

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