Murder suspect arrested after police chase in Long County

Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 9:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2023 at 6:12 PM EDT
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LONG COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Long County Sheriff’s Office has released this dash-cam video of an overnight chase that led to the arrest of suspect wanted for murder.

Deputies say it started after the suspect--Cortez Douglas-- was stopped at a checkpoint on Highway 84 and drove away from police.

He is now facing several charges on top of his murder charge in Sumter County.

Long County’s sheriff says this all started from just a usual license and safety check but it turned highly unusual.

Early Tuesday morning, deputies were conducting a safety check when they say this car pulled up and only opened the window slightly but drove off without showing a license. Deputies say they smelled marijuana and began chasing the car.

They were able to bring the car to a stop. The sheriff says they found Cortez Douglas inside and quickly learned Douglas was wanted on murder charges in Americus, Georgia.

“You never know who’s on the roads. We catch folks wanted on murder charges in Long County from other states and all over the country. This is another one we were able to apprehend and get off the streets,” Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles said.

They’re holding Douglas on drug, gun, and traffic charges here but will turn him over to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office on the murder warrants.

The sheriff says he’s glad nobody got hurt, including the suspect, the female passenger, and the young child sitting in her lap.