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July 4, 2014

High-speed chase crosses state line

JENNINGS, Fla. — A late-night, high-speed chase through Valdosta and Lake Park ended with an early morning arrest in Hamilton County, Fla.

Shortly after midnight Thursday morning, a Valdosta police officer heard loud engine revving and observed a grey Ford F-150 truck possibly attempting to engage in a street race with another vehicle in the 1400 block of Baytree Road. After the officer clocked the truck travelling at 80 miles per hour, he attempted a traffic stop, said Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw.

The truck driver led Valdosta police on a high-speed chase from Baytree Road, down Gordon Street, through Downtown Valdosta and eventually onto U.S. Highway 41, where Lowndes County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase, said McGraw.

Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the vehicle with a spike strip in Lake Park, but the truck driver continued the chase even after the spikes took out his front left tire, said Lowndes County Sheriff’s Lt. Stryde Jones.

Deputies followed the truck to the state line where Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase, following the driver into Jennings. The driver of the truck slowed after running over a spike strip deputies placed over the road near County Road 152. Shortly after, an officer was able to perform a pit maneuver to stop the vehicle, said Hamilton County Sheriff J. Harrell Reid.

The truck driver was reportedly highly intoxicated, Reid said. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment from injuries when his truck went into a ditch as a result of the pit maneuver.

Donald A. Brown, 52, of Valdosta, is in the Hamilton County Jail and faces pending charges of fleeing and attempting to elude, driving under the influence of alcohol and several traffic charges, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges are pending, said Reid.

No one was injured during the incident. In Valdosta, several traffic charges are pending against Brown, said McGraw.

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