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GSP busy with two chases on Labor Day in Savannah

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A car ends up crashing into a tree during the chase. A car ends up crashing into a tree during the chase.

It was a busy Labor Day for Georgia State Patrol in Savannah with two car chases with at least one involving a stolen car. 

So far, Georgia State Patrol officers do not believe they are related. The problem is, in both cases, the suspects got away. 

The first started at Bonaventure Cemetery, when a couple was sightseeing and had their SUV stolen in broad daylight. 

Police say a man in a white sedan hopped out of the passenger seat and proceeded to jump into the couple's SUV and stole it, then hit at least two cars on East 36th Street, between Richter and Falkner streets. With Georgia State Patrol hot on his trail, he jumped out of the SUV and fled the scene. 

A little while later, Georgia State Patrol was involved in a high-speed chase with a car, which ended up crashing into a tree at Augusta Avenue and Lily Streets in Savannah. The suspects inside the car ran off toward East Lathrop and Bay Streets.

Then, the second chase all started after a trooper attempted to stop the vehicle on I-16 westbound. The car was traveling 88 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. The driver did pull over, but as soon as the trooper stepped out of his cruiser, he says the suspect stepped on the gas and took off. 

Trooper Josh Riddle says what they found inside may give some clues as to why they drove off. 

"There was a very strong odor of marijuana. There were two green substances which looked like marijuana and a white powdery substance that looked like cocaine, which is a possibility. That's all we found right now," Trooper Riddle told WTOC. 

Georgia State Patrol actually cut the chase off because it got too dangerous and they lost sight of the suspect's car before he crashed into a tree. Before the crash, Riddle says the suspects almost rammed a car trying to escape state troopers to get onto I-516. 

The driver is described as a thin, young black male in his early 20's with a short goatee on his chin. There is no description on the passenger. The car is a rental car, so Riddle says they are going to have to get in contact with the rental company to track down who they are dealing with in this second chase situation, but in most cases, he says the person driving is not always the person who the car was rented to. 

Investigations into both cases are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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