Police are searching for a driver they say led officers on a chase through northwest Atlanta on Friday morning before crashing into two power poles and taking off on foot.
The man wrecked at the intersection of Northside Drive and Whitehall Street, totaling a white Dodge.
The pursuit began when the driver failed to maintain his lane on Central Avenue near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, nearly striking a Capitol Police officer traveling in the same direction, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
The officer tried to stop the man, who accelerated down MLK before turning onto Pryor Street, Peachtree Street and then Whitehall Street before losing control and crashing into several fixed objects, the GSP said.
According to witnesses, the speeding car barreled into a power pole at the intersection before the driver got out and ran.
Mark Perryman, who works at a nearby seafood restaurant, said he saw troopers chasing the man’s white Dodge.
“He went out of control and went through two light poles and flipped over,” Perryman told AJC.com. “He got out of the car and took off running, which surprised me a lot. He was running like an athlete.”
Perryman said the man took off down Northside Drive with two patrol cars in pursuit. Police said the man was still on the run Friday evening.
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