The Valdosta Daily Times
A reported burglary led to a high-speed chase through Valdosta Friday afternoon.
The Valdosta Police Department received a phone call from a concerned citizen about suspicious activity taking place at a residence on the 900 block of Lakeland Avenue.
This incident led Valdosta police on a chase, exceeding 85 miles per hour, that ended at the intersection of U.S. 84 and Inner Perimeter Road, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said.
Once the officers arrived at the Lakeland Avenue residence, they witnessed a male, acting suspiciously inside a vehicle.
Officers told the man to stop. As he was trying to leave, his vehicle backed into and hit an officer, Childress said.
“The driver of the vehicle will be charged with aggravated assault on an officer because he hit one of my officers. He was not hurt, but he did hit him with a car, so we are going to charge him,” the police chief said. “Then the offender sped away. Some of our officers got in their vehicles and sped away, while some of them stayed at the residence.”
The officers who stayed at the residence found a second suspect hiding in a closet at the residence while they conducted their protective sweep. Nathaniel Ware, 21, was taken into custody on scene without incident, reports stated.
Meanwhile, the chase headed east on Inner Perimeter Road where a pursuing Lowndes County sheriff’s deputy used a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver to stop the vehicle at the U.S. 84 intersection.
Jarvis Bryant, 22, was taken into custody, according to the VPD. Warrants were being pursued on various charges for both suspects, according to police.
Since the offender was caught in the act of a felony, and since he hit an officer with a vehicle, the VPD pursued the suspect, Childress said.
Evidence of a burglary was collected at the scene and from the vehicle, reports stated. Childress supported the report when he said, “We have recovered some stolen items from this burglary and possibly other ones.”
Childress expressed gratitude to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office for its cooperation with the chase, and to the residents of Valdosta. “We can’t solve these type of crimes without the help from our residents, and this is exactly what we need the community to do once they see anything suspicious,” Childress said. “Don’t be afraid to call 911.”
The Valdosta Police Department requests anyone having any further information concerning this incident or possible other incidents related to these two offenders, call the VPD Tip Line, (229) 293-3091; or VPD Bureau of Investigations, (229) 293-3145.