A police chase from Lanier into Berrien County ended in a fatality Saturday night, when the fleeing driver was ejected from his flipping vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Timothy Kevin Dubose, 20, Lenox, died as a result of being thrown from the vehicle as it flipped on Highway 37 West outside of Ray City at approximately 8:15 p.m. Saturday, said Berrien County Coroner Bob Lovein. Hank Michael Stone, 19, Ray City, a passenger in the car, was taken to Berrien County Hospital, Nashville, where he was treated and released for minor injuries.
The incident began in Lanier County, where a Lakeland Police Department officer attempted to pull over a vehicle "laying drag" in downtown Lakeland, said Trooper Duane Williams, who is investigating the accident via the Georgia State Patrol's Tifton post. The vehicle did not stop and the officer chased it into Berrien County.
Nearing Ray City, the Lakeland police officer reportedly slowed his squad car while the fleeing vehicle continued moving at an undetermined speed, according to reports. Momentarily, the officer lost sight of the fleeing vehicle. When he saw it again, it had wrecked and the driver had been ejected, Williams said.
The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle coming out of a curve and the vehicle flipped, Williams said.
The Berrien County Sheriff's Department also responded to the incident.
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