Driver injured during traffic stop attempt

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Traffic charges are pending in an injury crash that happened early Monday morning.

Just before 1 a.m. Monday, fire and EMS were called to the intersection of Reynolds Street and Columbus Drive on a report of a vehicle wreck.

The vehicle was in several pieces and the driver, Terry Bell, 29, had been ejected and was found lying on the grass, according to the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.

Earlier in the evening a police officer saw the same vehicle at Delessps and Waters avenues. The officer saw Bell run the red light and then activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop, according to police.

The vehicle turned west on Columbus Drive. The officer thought Bell was coming to a stop, but that driver accelerated at a high rate of speed so the officer deactivated his emergency equipment and opted to discontinued the stop for safety concerns, according to SCMPD.

Within a few blocks of the attempted traffic stop the vehicle, a Lincoln LX 2, went out of control and left the roadway.

Bell is in critical condition at Memorial University Medical Center. A portion of Columbus Drive was closed due to the downed power line and wreckage from the crash.

Traffic charges are pending. An investigation continues.

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