Rodney Harris (left) and Montreaz Harris
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Uncle, nephew turn themselves in after high-speed chase kills teen

An uncle and his nephew who were passengers in a car during a high-speed chase that killed a 17-year-old girl have turned themselves in, authorities said.

Rodney Harris, 44, and his nephew Montreaz Harris, 28, were riding in a vehicle that fled from Clayton County deputies the morning of May 10. 

The incident began about 3 a.m. when the sheriff’s office tried to arrest the car’s driver, 28-year-old Sebastin Miles Jr., on an outstanding aggravated assault warrant, authorities said previously. He had been accused of trying to run over his girlfriend.

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Miles sped away from deputies when they arrived, AJC.com previously reported. Brandon Wyldon, 31, of Riverdale, was in the car along with both Rodney and Montreaz Harris, according to police. 

The chase came to an end on Moreland Avenue when Miles’ Mitsubishi allegedly ran a red light and slammed into a car driven by 17-year-old Jada Deleonardo of Decatur.

Jada Deleonardo
Photo: GoFundMe

Deleonardo was killed in the crash and her passenger, 19-year-old Reniya Armstead, was injured. 

All four men in Miles’ car were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after the collision. Miles was arrested on 18 charges, including counts of aggravated assault, fleeing police and obstruction, while the other three were eventually released without being arrested. 

Sebastin Miles Jr.
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Inside the vehicle, police reportedly discovered a felony amount of a schedule II controlled substance and two open containers of alcohol, leading to charges against all four men. The sheriff’s office has not said what kind of drug was found. It’s also unclear why all three passengers were released only to be charged later.

Wyldon was taken into custody last month, and Rodney and Montreaz Harris turned themselves in on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office

Rodney Harris is charged with open container and violating Georgia’s controlled substances act, while Montreaz Harris is charged with probation violation, misdemeanor marijuana possession, transaction of a non-controlled substance, and open container, jail records show. Both men remain held without bond. 

In other news: 

Channel 2?s Audrey Washington learned that White was taken into custody around 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Buckhead and she is currently being processed into the Fulton County Jail.

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