VALDOSTA -- Police have charged four Valdosta men after a high speed chase Wednesday evening.

Charles Williams Jr., 19 and Demetruis Cromitie, 20, were arrested and charged with obstruction of an officer and weapons charges. Police charged Antwan Bethay, 26, with criminal trespassing on private property, obstruction of an officer and weapons charges. A fourth man, Travis Bernard Miller, 22, was charged with obstruction of an officer and weapons charges.

A fifth man is on the loose, said Capt. Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Department spokesman.

Names of the individuals arrested were initially withheld because of the investigation.

A dark blue Ford Crown Victoria crashed into a ditch at the corner of Forrest Street and Woodlawn Drive while challenging police to a chase at speeds up to 70 mph in Southeast Valdosta.

The Crown Victoria rammed a beige truck before the men fled the vehicle in different directions.

More than 25 police vehicles surrounded the area.

Childress said the Lowndes County 911 Center received a tip from a concerned citizen that several males inside a Crown Victoria were carrying weapons and appeared suspicious.

Thursday, it was reported only three arrests were made. Police had taken one of the men to South Georgia Medical Center. He dived through a window at 1515 Vallotton Drive, which is a vacant house, police reported.

Childress said police suspect the men may be members of a gang.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Crime Tip Line at 293-3091.



To contact Brianne Sweetland, call (229) 244-3400, ext. 245.

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