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07/13/07

High Speed Police Chase Ends in Violent Crash

The pursuit ended with the old police car flipping. The pursuit ended with the old police car flipping.

Police were led on a high-speed chase earlier today following a report of three cars stolen in Bloomingdale.

Major Burke of the Pooler Police Department says a Toyota Camry, a Camaro and the old Chatham County police car were stolen from a transmission shop in Bloomingdale.

A few hours later, the cars were spotted while the thieves were getting gas at a gas station right next to the Pooler Police Department. A bulletin came out about the stolen vehicles and an officer gave chase. "Two of the cars were side by side at the gas pump, he spotted them and when he approached, they took off," Burke told WTOC.

He was able to chase one of the suspects and the pursuit ended with the old police car flipping while traveling at speeds well over 100 mph. "He lost control of the vehicle at a high rate of speed and rolled his car three times and it threw him out," Burke said.

From the gas station, a man only described as an 18 to 20-year-old white male took off down Louisville Road, through a trailer park and a nearby subdivision before coming back down Rogers Street to Pine Barren Road, hitting Highway 80 and connecting onto Pooler Parkway.

Mark Edwards works across the street from where the chase finally ended. "We saw the dirt flying and came out, and he went end over end and flipped for at least 50 yards," Edwards said.

The two other cars may still be on the loose, but the old police car and the man driving it were caught. He was sent to the hospital. "He flipped for at least 50 yards. It was bad," Edwards said. "Public or racetrack, I have never seen anything like that in a while."

"I've seen plenty of these," Burke said. "But not like that."

The other two men may have gotten away, but with one suspect caught, Major Burke thinks the others will be brought to justice soon. "I think Bloomingdale Police know who they are and they know who this one is," he said.

If you have any information on the car thefts or the whereabouts of the suspects, contact Bloomingdale or Pooler police. No further information has been released on their identities or further description of the vehicles.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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