The dashcam video for a high-speed chase in Douglas County on New Year’s Eve that ended with two accused thieves in handcuffs and two more on the run was released Friday.
The video, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, shows four men accused of committing slider thefts at Douglas County gas stations on the run from deputies down I-20 East.
The chase ends when the suspects’ car jumps a curve and slams into a metal pole, prompting the men to get out and run into some nearby woods.
Two of the men are still on the run, but Jaleel Ethington, 19, and Ronique Stripling, 20, were arrested shortly after the crash, Channel 2 reported. Authorities haven’t released the names of the two suspects not in custody.
Sheriff Tim Pounds told the news station deputies had been posted near a QT in Lithia Springs that night, which is how they were able to find the alleged repeat slider-crime offenders. Slider crimes are when thieves attempt to slide into your car while you’re pumping gas and quickly steal items.
Pounds said he plans to put more deputies along other roads near gas station until the remaining thieves are apprehended. The four are accused of being gang members in the area.
“Every time you commit a crime in Douglas County, look over your shoulder. See if you see us, because if you don’t, it’s a matter of time before you will see us,” Pounds warned.
Ethington faces seven charges, including theft and aggravated battery, according to Douglas County Jail records. Stripling faces eight charges, including aggravated battery and fleeing from officers.
Both remain in the Douglas County Jail without bond.
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