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08/16/05

Civilian Assists in Arrest of Suspect on Most Wanted List

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Police investigate the suspect's wrecked vehicle. Police investigate the suspect's wrecked vehicle.

A man wanted since June on drug charges and for aggravated assault against a police officer is now in police custody. In June, Savannah-Chatham police counter narcotics agents tried to catch Ralphael Williams in Liberty City. He rammed two officers' cars and took off.

His car blew a tire and crashed a few blocks away. He's been on Savannah's most wanted list since then.

Today, undercover agents spotted the 18-year-old Williams on Bull Street near DeRenne Avenue. Patrol officers tried to pull him over for a traffic violation and he took off again.

After brief chase, Williams lost control of his Camero and it crashed into a pole. He hopped out and ran, but the police, with the help of counter narcotics officers--and even a passerby--caught him.

"Officer Will Fernandez saw him over in this parking lot, goes to arrest him and a civilian comes out of the crowd and assists in making the arrest," said Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Bucky Burnsed. "So it's a win-win situation for the whole community."

Police also found some cocaine and marijuana in the car Williams was driving. He's facing several charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing to elude, and obstruction.

Reported by: Jamie Ertle, jertle@wtoc.com

 

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