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Police: Officers followed chase rules before deadly crash

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A Wayne County deputy's patrol car collided with a stolen car in a high speed chase Monday night when the stolen car pulled into his path, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff John Carter tells WTOC that Sgt. Josh Krueger was traveling on Walnut St., one street over from a Jesup police chase on Pine Street. The sheriff said Krueger was trying to get ahead of the chase and deploy stop sticks to catch the car driven by Dustin Sims. But Sims turned onto Hickory St. and pulled into Krueger's path. Carter said Krueger was following department policy on how to chase suspects and when to disengage.

"When we're assisting another agency, we try to run parallel on another street and get ahead to block the car. Josh was doing what he was supposed to do," the sheriff stated.

Jesup police started the chase when they tried to stop a car that was reported stolen over the weekend in Wayne County. The owner identified Dustin Sims as a suspect in the theft.

"When officers tried to stop him for questioning, he fled and the officers followed," explained chief Glenn Takaki. "Our officers followed policy because they dropped back several times when necessary. They also avoided contact with him even though he tried several times to ram our cars and cause collisions. He could have stopped and it would have ended. He would have likely been arrested for the stolen car, but it would not have cost him his life." 

Krueger remains hospitalized and may face a long recovery, according to Sheriff Carter. The crash is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol's Fatality Reconstruction Team.

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