High-speed chase ends in Cook; suspect had stolen firearms, body armor, emergency lights

| September 8, 2016



Release from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office

On Sunday morning around 7:30 a.m.,  deputies were given a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) from Florida law enforcement of a non-law enforcement vehicle, which had strobing blue lights, traveling north on I-75 at a high rate of speed.

A Lowndes County deputy spotted the vehicle near Exit 5 and attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued without stopping, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour. The deputies were joined by troopers from the Georgia State Patrol as the chase continued north.

At times the driver of the fleeing vehicle swerved in an attempt to strike the deputies and troopers who were involved in the pursuit. The chase continued into Cook County where deputies from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office joined.

The vehicle finally stopped after a PIT (Precision Immobilization Technique) maneuver was utilized and the driver, Isaiah Quarterman, 28, was arrested.

While searching Quarterman, deputies and troopers found he was wearing Kevlar body armor (bullet resistant vest).

During a search of the vehicle, deputy’s also located the blue lights as described in the earlier BOLO, a handgun and an M-4 rifle.

During investigation following the arrest, the deputy’s learned the body armor, firearms and emergency lighting had been stolen in Florida.

Isaiah Quarterman was taken to the Lowndes County Jail and thus far no bond has been set. Quarterman has been charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, aggravated assault on law enforcement, theft by bringing stolen property into the state, speeding, operating blue lights without permit and reckless driving

“Our deputies are working with law enforcement in Florida regarding the stolen property and attempting to learn what Quarterman’s intentions were. This had potential to end badly, but the deputy’s and troopers handled the situation perfectly and everyone is safe,” said Sheriff Chris Prine.

Anyone with information about Isaiah Quarterman or any other incident can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (229) 671-2950; or anonymous tips can be provided at (229) 671-2985 or on-line at www.lowndessheriff.com. The Sheriff’s Office is also accessible on Facebook.

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3 Comments on "High-speed chase ends in Cook; suspect had stolen firearms, body armor, emergency lights"

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  1. Concerned citizen says:

    I am just glad that he didn’t make it up here to Rebecca, Ga. We don’t tolerate this type of behavior within the city limits of Rebecca. My cousin lives in Hahira, Ga and she said they don’t tolerate this kind of thing there either

  2. Jerry Freeman ( Jabo ) says:

    Job well done from our men and women in blue.
    Keep up the good work keeping us safe.