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01/16/03

Drug-Related Chase and Wreck

Deputies lead Orlando Look away from his wreck. Deputies lead Orlando Look away from his wreck.

Screven County deputies had no way to know what they would find when they got the call that someone was shooting a gun in the Hiltonia community just after midnight. When he drove away, deputies chased him, sometimes at 120 miles an hour. Just outside Sylvania, the car went off the road.

"He advised the deputies then he had a firearm and he'd either kill them or kill himself," Sheriff Mike Kile said.

Sadly enough, this was not Orlando Luke's first police chase. Recently paroled, Luke led troopers on a three-county chase in 1993. He held officers at bay for hours until he wounded himself and a trooper in the leg before anyone could arrest him. No one wanted history to repeat itself.

After three hours, his father and a friend convinced him to give up and get out of the car. Sheriff Kile says Luke admitted he was using crack cocaine, just like ten years ago. The sheriff says it just shows how drugs endanger the user and everyone else.

"He was shooting a weapon up in Hiltonia at innocents who had no idea why he was shooting at them, and exceeding speeds of 120 miles an hour. He had officers' lives in jeopardy," Kile said.

Kile is just glad everyone, including Luke, is still alive. Luke is in the Screven County jail facing a number of charges, including parole violation. Sheriff Kile says he'll undergo a psychiatric evaluation in the next few days.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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