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Manhunt underway after attempted robbery, high speed chase overnight

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A manhunt is underway in Savannah after a possible robbery overnight on the islands that turned into a high-speed police chase. 

Officials say it all started after a reported robbery on Skidaway Road near First Baptist Church. A call went out to be on the lookout for a red Nissan Altima. A Metro officer patrolling the area then noticed a red Altima at a gas station on Victory Drive. He then began to follow the Altima and that is when a pursuit began.

At least a dozen police joined in what turned into a high-speed pursuit down Victory Dr. Police set up a road block on Victory at Harmon Street to try and stop the car. The car tried to avoid the block, went off the road and slammed into a tree. That is when 3 men jumped out of the car and attempted to flee.

A resident who lives near the crash site told WTOC he abruptly woke to a loud boom.

"We heard squealing tires for like 5 or 6 seconds, then we heard a loud boom and we jumped out of bed and saw about 8 to 10 cop cars right in front of the house" said Drew McCuen, witness.

Officers were able to take one of the men into custody immediately and a second suspect was caught shortly after a few blocks away near 40th Street. A third suspect is still on the loose and Metro officers are actively searching for this suspect. 

Police had Victory Drive westbound from Harmon to Paulsen streets closed, and then Harmon Street was closed from Victory Dr. to 39th St. Victory Drive reopened to traffic around 5:30 a.m. However, police remain on 39th Street.

If you know anything about this possible attempted robbery and high speed chase, you are asked to call police.

We will continue to follow this developing story and bring you all the latest information as soon as it is released. Check WTOC.com and WTOC on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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