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Driver stops car in police pursuit

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A police chase came to an end Saturday night after a Good Samaritan stepped in to help.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said the chase began at Highway 204 at Veterans Parkway when they were trying to stop a car going 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Police said the car kept going, taking a right onto King George Boulevard into the King George Apartment complex.

When the driver tried to turn around, John Pirkle was in their way.

Pirkle and his friends were heading home after a day of fishing. They turned onto King George Boulevard not knowing they were right in the middle of a police chase.

Pirkle said he saw the black car speeding by them; it passed them in the other lane that police officers were right behind it. "He had to have been going 70 or 80 down King George," he said.

He said he watched the black car turn around in an apartment complex and head back to Highway 204. That's when he made a quick decision.

"I don't know what I was thinking, to be quite honest. You know, I just wanted to try and help out because if he kept going, I think there might have been some more trouble," he said.

Pirkle pulled his brand-new truck and boat into the path of the speeding black car.

He said that when the black car got to his vehicle that was blocking the road; he pushed his vehicle close to the car to keep the driver from opening the car door.

"He was still able to bail on the other side and ran through the bushes," he said.

Police said two suspects got away, but three were taken into custody. Some of the suspects were juveniles. There is no word on what charges they may be facing.

Pirkle said there was a lot at stake when the black car came tearing through the area.

"I live here and there's kids that live here -- a lot of animals in the road and stuff. They don't need to be coming up here speeding like that," he said.  

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