Law enforcement from three agencies were involved in the pursuit, which required two PIT maneuvers, officials said.
Photo: Butts County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Butts County Sheriff's Office

Armed robbery suspects taken into custody after 100 mph police chase

Two men were taken into custody after robbing a Milledgeville convenience store at gunpoint and leading law enforcement on a 100 mph chase, Butts County authorities said. 

Law enforcement from three agencies were involved in the pursuit, which required two PIT maneuvers, officials said.  

The incident started just after 9 a.m. Sunday in the area of Dean Patrick Road when a deputy on patrol saw a car driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone, Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said in a statement. The deputy tried to stop the car, but it drove off at a high rate of speed and got on I-75 heading north. 

The deputy followed the car, and a state trooper joined in the chase near Jonesboro Road, Long said. 

The trooper used a PIT maneuver on the car and the driver hit a wall. The driver managed to regain control of the car and kept heading north on I-75, Long said. The deputy then tried a second PIT maneuver on the car, and it spun out of control. 

One of the men in the car was taken into custody immediately, Long said. The other man ran across all lanes of traffic trying to get away, but was taken into custody by a Locust Grove police officer. 

Long said that just an hour before the chase, the men had robbed a convenience store. The mask, gun and money was all recovered, Long said. 

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