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Chase driver denied bond, claims brutality


A driver arrested after a high speed chase used his appearance in court to launch a claim of police brutality.

Edwin Graham faces charges DUI, speeding, attempting to elude, as well as drug possession and others.

He is accused of running from Bryan County deputies on Interstate 16, then leading them and other officers up GA Highway 67 before being stopped outside of Statesboro.

"I know what I did was wrong, but what they did when I got out and gave myself up. I don't think they should be officers. They was wrong," Graham told WTOC while he waited for his appearance before a magistrate judge.

The judge denied bond and he'll now wait for a public defender to be appointed to him and for that attorney to request a bond hearing in Superior Court.

Graham told WTOC he tried to surrender when his car was stopped on Georgia Highway 67. He claims deputies and troopers struck him several times and tazed him when he did not resist. 

Chief Deputy Jared Akins of the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office gave WTOC exclusive access to the dash camera video from the three sheriff's deputies patrol cars involved.

The videos show the chase from Bulloch County deputies meeting the car on Highway 67, changing direction several times, speeding through a subdivision and coming to an end back at the highway.

It captures Graham running from his stopped car toward the highway and being tackled in a ditch. From there, Graham swings at the troopers and deputies who are trying to subdue him.

"At that point he is physically combative, not trying to flee from you but physically fighting with the deputies and troopers," Akins stated. 

Finally, two officers tazed Graham and the altercation ends. As one group of officers lead Graham from the ditch to the car, the others surround Graham's car to arrest passenger Shavika Williams.

"When he ceased to resist, all force stopped and he was escorted back to a patrol car," Akins added.

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