Two suspects are in custody and a third is on the run after allegedly leading police on a chase through two metro Atlanta counties Tuesday afternoon, police said.
A fourth suspect is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after jumping out of the moving vehicle at an “extreme high rate of speed” on the interstate, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent said.
The chase started in Clayton County when a deputy requested the Georgia State Patrol’s help conducting a traffic stop on Frontage Road, according to the GSP.
As the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, the car fled onto I-75 North and then I-285 East, police said.
“Once on I-285 East near I-675, one of the passengers was thrown from the vehicle,” the GSP said in a statement.
Investigators initially thought the man was shot inside the car and then pushed onto the interstate by the other suspects, but police now believe he may have jumped out of the speeding car to avoid being caught. GSP identified the injured man as Demonta Martin, 25.
The remaining suspects exited the interstate at Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County, police said. The chase ended there when a trooper crashed into the car, authorities said.
Two passengers, identified as 25-year-old Marlon Lumpkin and 19-year-old Nicholas Johnson, were arrested at the scene, but the driver managed to escape on foot, authorities said. They have not released a description of the driver.
It’s unclear what prompted the initial traffic stop.
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