3 arrested after chase, multiple crashes on I-20

One person was injured and three people were arrested Tuesday after a Rockdale County sheriff’s chase and multiple crashes in DeKalb County.

At least seven cars were involved in the crashes, which temporarily blocked two of the four westbound lanes on I-20 at Panola Road at the height of the morning commute.

“There were 3 hit-and-run accidents when a stolen vehicle pursued by Rockdale sheriff units struck these vehicles and continued,” DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore said. “One person received minor injuries as a result of one [of] the accidents and was transported to DeKalb Medical.”

The incident started with the stolen truck.

Corey James, who owns a black 2010 Cadillac Escalade, said someone took his truck during his daily trip to a local gas station.

“I went inside the Shell gas station to get a pop, and in less than 2 minutes or so came out,” James told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The car was pulling off.”

He called 911 and told a dispatcher he saw the Escalade jump on I-20.

That’s when the Rockdale sheriff’s pursuit began.

Jawanda Murray was taking her husband to work and approaching a ramp at Panola Road when a car involved in the chase rear-ended hers.

Officials were attempting a PIT maneuver, a tactic that essentially involves bumping a vehicle in an attempt to stop it.

“It was out of control,” Murray said.

At the end of the chase, two guns were recovered and three people were arrested, a Rockdale sheriff’s official said.

All lanes have reopened, and I-20 was rapidly improving in DeKalb just before 9 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

No other details were released.

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