A man was killed after he led police on a chase and crashed his vehicle in south Fulton County, officials said. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Police chase ends in deadly crash

A man was killed and a bystander was nearly hit early Monday morning after a domestic dispute ended with a police chase and crash in south Fulton County.

The incident started when two women were assaulted at the Biscayne Apartments in the 5400 block of Old National Highway about 6:15 a.m., Fulton police Sgt. Partrena Smith said.

One of the women called police, officials said.

When officers arrived, the man involved in the assault rammed a police car and sped down Old National, Smith said.

Fulton County police Detective Partrena Smith gives an account of a police chase and deadly crash in south Fulton County. Video by John Spink/AJC

Police caught up with him and tried to pull him over, she said. He refused to stop and led police on a chase that ended when he lost control of his vehicle, Smith said.

The vehicle flipped over and crashed into a utility pole near Creel Road.

Tremaine Rumph, 25, died as a result of the crash, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner.

Witness Kendrick Johnson was standing at a nearby bus stop when he heard tires screeching and saw the Rumph’s vehicle approaching.

Witness Kendrick Johnson gives account of police chase and deadly crash. Video by John Spink/AJC

“He kind of came up on the curb, so I had to jump out of the way,” Johnson said.

The car made its way back onto the road, went airborne and crashed into nearby woods, he said.

“I kind of knew that whatever happened was bad,”Johnson said.

He said he is blessed to be alive.

“It could have been two fatalities instead of one,” Johnson said. “Thanking my lucky stars and thanking that man above for me being here because I know how freak accidents go.”

No officers were injured in the incident, which shut down Old National Highway for about an hour, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.


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