Man wanted on felony warrant dies in crash

Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 10:16 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 3:45 PM EDT
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BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A man wanted on a felony warrant died in a crash on Sunday morning in Bulloch County.

You can see the damage to the bridge on Pulaski Highway where the driver’s car struck and crashed through the rail and went into the water below.

Bulloch County’s sheriff says it serves as a tragic warning of what can happen if you fail to comply when a law officer tries to make a traffic stop.

Sheriff Noel Brown says a deputy tried to stop Ashton Mingle several miles back, just outside Statesboro around 4:45 Sunday morning.

The sheriff says Mingle’s tag came back for a suspended license and an active arrest warrant from the Georgia Dept. of Community Supervision.

The slow-speed chase continued toward Candler County. The sheriff says Mingle sped up as he approached Lott’s Creek, where he crashed into a bridge and landed in the water below.

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“For God’s sake, don’t take off at high rates of speed. A deer could run out. In this case, he was driving too fast when he hit those bridges and lost control,” Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown said.

Brown says his deputy went into the water to pull Mingle from the car but Mingle was pronounced dead from his injuries.

The sheriff says he extends his condolences to the Mingle family and hopes his department doesn’t have a situation like this ever again.

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