1 suspect arrested, search continues for 2 others connected to police chase on Hwy 21

1 suspect arrested, search continues for 2 others connected to police chase on Hwy 21

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - One suspect has been arrested and the search continues for two more suspects after a police chase Thursday afternoon.

It was just after 4 p.m. Thursday when the Rincon Police Department got a call of a reported theft at the Rincon Walmart.

Police were initially able to stop the suspect’s vehicle but when they began to question them about the theft, they fled. As they fled, authorities say the suspects did throw a gun from the vehicle, however it is not believed to be connected to the Walmart theft

Jermaine Kareem Evans, left and Jamari Pai’Shaw Chisholm, right.
Jermaine Kareem Evans, left and Jamari Pai’Shaw Chisholm, right. (Source: Effingham County Sheriff's Office)

Rincon Police chose not to pursue due to it being a busy time of a day, which meant a chase may have endangered the public.

Not long after that, a Port Wentworth Police Department officer identified a vehicle going 85 mph in a 50 mph zone southbound on Highway 21. The officer attempt to stop the vehicle but they continued to flee.

At that time, an Effingham County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the area heard the chase and attempted to assist. The deputy and police officer then collided at the southbound I-95 ramp of Hwy 21. Sending both to the hospital.

Both the Effingham County deputy and Port Wentworth officer have been released from the hospital after being treated for their injuries Thursday.

Jermaine Kareem Evans was arrested Friday by the Port Wentworth Police Department. The search continues for Jamari Pai’Shaw Chisholm and the third suspect, now identified as Javonta Hakeem Coney, by Port Wentworth PD.

Javonta Hakeem Coney.
Javonta Hakeem Coney. (Source: Port Wentworth Police Department)

There was some confusion Thursday regarding the suspects involved.

*Originally, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office said they were looking for three suspects and gave the name of the third person. That person has been cleared after it was determined one of the suspects presented a false I.D.*

The suspects still at large were last seen in a 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

If you see the suspects or have any info, please call the Port Wentworth Police Department at 912-964-4360 or 911.

As for the crash, it remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

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