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Driver charged in wreck at 39th and Bull streets

Baheem Frazier (Source: SCMPD) Baheem Frazier (Source: SCMPD)
Source: SCMPD Source: SCMPD

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the crash of a car that appeared to be speeding away from an officer who was not following him.

Baheem Frazier, 20, of the 600 block of W 39th St., was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 11:24 p.m. Sunday crash at Bull and 39th streets and then arrested. He has been charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, eluding police officers and driving without a license.

A patrol officer with the Central Precinct first attempted to stop the red Mazda for running a stop sign near Frazier's residence when the driver sped away. The officer decided to discontinue the traffic stop and turned away.

The Mazda continued to speed east on W 39th St., running stop signs at each of the intersections, until it crashed into a utility pole and a fire hydrant on the east side of Bull St. and into a parked pickup truck.

Due to the force of the crash, the bottom of the utility pole was removed, leaving the top half dangling from the powerlines, the hydrant was knocked away from its piping, and the Mazda ended up being positioned vertically on its front end against the pickup. The pickup was also knocked into a car parked in front of it.

Authorities shut down the intersection for more than seven hours as utility crews replaced the pole and hydrant.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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