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K9 catches suspect in stolen pickup crash

Romell Stephens (Source: SCMPD) Romell Stephens (Source: SCMPD)

Romell Stephens, 24, of a Hazel St. address, who crashed a stolen pickup into a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police car, narrowly missing the officer standing beside it, lost his struggle with a police canine Tuesday and now faces nine charges.

Stephens was taken into custody after disobeying an order to stop by a SCMPD canine officer and sustaining several bites by K9 Flash.

Stephens has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft by receiving, reckless driving, three charges of leaving the scene of an accident, improper lane usage and operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license.

Undercover officers followed a black Chevrolet pickup truck that was reported stolen earlier in the night from the 2100 block of E 60th St. until it stopped in front of a house on Tall Pine Dr. Once the driver got out of the truck, marked police officers moved in to secure it but Stephens re-entered the truck and drove it into the side of a patrol car, ripping off the door and narrowly missing the officer standing beside it.

After the truck collided with the police car, it moved slowly and erratically, striking a brick mail box and stopping in the yard of a house on N Fernwood Dr. Stephens got out of the truck and fled the area on foot until he was met by the police dog. Once he was in custody, police found a knife and a leafy substance determined to be marijuana.

Stephens was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment and then to the Chatham Co. Detention Center.

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