I-75 high-speed chase ends in wreck, suspect in stable condition

| June 21, 2016

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LOWNDES CO. – A Florida woman was arrested Thursday after leading Georgia State Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 75.

Sharena Sharale Seay, 31, of Jacksonville, Fla. was reportedly under the influence of marijuana during the pursuit. Warrants for her arrest will be obtained for the following charges: felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, DUI, possession of marijuana, reckless driving and several additional traffic violations in connection with the incident, according to GSP reports.

At approximately 6:34 p.m. a GSP trooper clocked a a black Toyota RAV4 travelling 90 m.p.h. in a posted 70 m.p.h speed zone on I-75 northbound near mile marker 17 in Lowndes County, said GSP Cpl. Chris Kelch.

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“The Trooper then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near mile marker 20 northbound. The driver accelerated to speeds over 120 m.p.h. and began drive recklessly, weaving from lane to lane nearly striking several vehicles,” Kelch said “The driver refused to stop for the Trooper with emergency lights and siren activated and posed a significant threat to the motoring public. In order to preserve the safety of the motoring public and protect citizens from injury, death or damage, the Trooper executed the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) near mile marker 27.”

A PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic in which officers can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

“The vehicle traveled off the roadway to the east shoulder, striking an embankment and overturning several times. The vehicle came to a final rest in the east emergency lane on its top facing north,” Kelch said. “The driver was subsequently placed under arrest after the termination of the pursuit.”

Sharena Sharale Seay was treated on scene by emergency personnel. Airbags did deploy and the seatbelt was in use. Seay was then flown via Air Med to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for her injuries in the crash.

“Post pursuit investigation determined Seay was under the influence of Marijuana during the pursuit, possessed a misdemeanor amount of Marijuana, was driving on a suspended Georgia license and had felony warrants out of Albany, Ga. and Jacksonville, Fla.,” Kelch said.

Currently, Seay is in stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team will be assisting in the investigation of the PIT and crash due to the injuries sustained to Seay.

No injuries were reported from citizens or law enforcement.

“No damage was sustained to any vehicles other than minor damage to the GSP patrol car push bumper and disabling damage to the RAV4,” Kelch said.

The right northbound lane of I-75 near mile marker 27 was closed for approximately an hour following the pursuit.

The right two lanes of I-75 near mile marker 27 northbound will be closed on Wednesday, June 22 from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for purposes of accident reconstruction by SCRT.

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