Search continues for man who took off after crash on I-20 

The search continues for a man authorities say charged at a Georgia State Patrol trooper in a rental pickup truck, crashed the truck and took off across I-20 on Wednesday.

The trooper drove up on the crash on the eastbound ramp to Boulevard about 6:45 a.m., the agency reported.

The trooper gave the driver of the GMC Canyon verbal commands to stop, but he continued driving and backed down the ramp, the GSP said.

At the same time, another GSP trooper and a Capitol police officer were stopped in traffic on the ramp to Boulevard. Both got out of their vehicles and told the driver to stop, but he continued toward the Capitol police officer, authorities said.

At that point, the officer drew her service weapon and fired two shots at the pickup truck, the GSP said.

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That didn’t stop the truck from hitting a guardrail on the way to I-20 East.

The driver then got out of the truck and ran across all lanes of I-20, the GSP said. He ran toward a shopping plaza and escaped authorities, officials said.

For hours, there was heavy police activity on the interstate. The exit ramp to Boulevard was closed from just before 7 a.m. until about 11:50 a.m.

Crews removed the vehicle in the crash from the scene just before 11 a.m., the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported.

The GBI and Department of Public Safety Office of Professional Standards are investigating.

The exit ramp from I-20 East to Boulevard was blocked due to heavy police activity. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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