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Man faces nine charges after police chase in Port Wentworth


Exclusive dash-cam video shows the crash that ended a high speed chase on Interstate 95 North on Friday morning.

The chase started in Richmond Hill but ended in Port Wentworth as police pursued 31-year-old Frank Roberts for quite a while on a dangerous chase through town. It wasn't until officers pulled out stop sticks that the pursuit came to an end.

The chase and eventual crash all spurred from a traffic stop in Richmond Hill when police said an officer spotted Roberts driving a Mercedes Benz through a Richmond Hill neighborhood known for drug activity.

The officer recognized Roberts and knew he had a suspended license. On top of that, police said Roberts ran a stop sign, but when the officer tried to stop him, Roberts took off.

"Well, anytime you get in pursuits, it can certainly be a lot worse, and you just have to weigh those factor and determine the risk involved in apprehending a suspect," said Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds.

Roberts led police from the Harris Trails area in Richmond Hill all the way to I-95 North in Port Wentworth. Police decided to use stop sticks to blow out the tires, and that's when Roberts lost control of his car, flipping and hitting a red Mazda and bringing this multi-county chase to an end.

"We were in pursuit, as well as a trooper," said Reynolds. "He would not stop for anyone and  the stop sticks were a tool use d to deflate tires. He didn't stop, so they were deployed here in Port Wentworth, which caused the pursuit to come to an end."

Roberts was already wanted on charges out of South Carolina, and now he is facing nine charges, including driving without a license, fleeing and attempting to elude and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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