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Police: Off-duty officer leads high-speed chase

Black ribbons hang in front of the Twin Cities Police Dept. Black ribbons hang in front of the Twin Cities Police Dept.
Dillon Gay, 20, was killed in a high-speed chase. Dillon Gay, 20, was killed in a high-speed chase.
Twin Cities Police Chief Johnny Lane Twin Cities Police Chief Johnny Lane

TWIN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Black bows hung outside the Twin City Police Dept., who are mourning a young officer.

Dillon Gay, 20, died in a high-speed chase in Jenkins County. State troopers and Jenkins County's sheriff reported that Gay was driving at a high rate of speed and would not stop when they tried to stop him.

Sheriff Robert Oglesby said his deputies were already on Highway 23 searching for a missing man when Gay's truck passed them at a high rate of speed.

"The truck was forcing people off the road. My unit tried to stop him and he refused and he accellerated," Oglesby said.

The chase moved to Highway 25 and went toward Millen. Oglesby said Gay's truck sideswiped his SUV as he tried to box him in to slow him. According to Georgia State Patrol's Sylvania post, troopers clocked Gay at 90 miles per hour through Millen and in excess of 100mph outside the city.

GSP reports say a trooper used the PIT manuever to force Gay's truck from the road north of Millen. The truck flipped and Gay, not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and killed.

Gay graduated from the police academy and began working in his hometown in May.

"He was a good kid, a good young 'un," said chief Johnny Lane. "He was maturing and had a good life ahead of him."

Lane said the two spoke at the police station Friday afternoon, just a few hours before the chase.

"I had no hint of anything being wrong. It's just a mystery," the chief added.

The crash is under investigation by the GSP's Special Collision Reconstruction Team. Gay's body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab for autopsy. Routine drug and alcohol tests will be performed, but the results could take four to six weeks. 

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