Powder Springs home invasion ends with fiery crash

Police from Powder Springs chased two males wanted for a home invasion Wednesday morning and arrested them after a fiery crash on Interstate 20.

An officer collared a third male who fled on foot, and police are looking for a fourth suspect.

Officers from at least three agencies chased a Lincoln sedan on I-20 until the car crashed near the Chapel Hill Road exit in Douglas County, Lt. Matt Boyd of the Powder Springs Police Department said.

"They ran into the trees, and the vehicle did become engulfed in flames," he said.

One suspect in the car was taken to WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell with minor injuries, and the other was arrested, Boyd said. He described the suspect who escaped the crime scene on foot as a Hispanic male aged 18 to 24, wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Events started with a call at 11:06 a.m. about a burglary in a residential neighborhood. Police arrived to find a woman tied up inside the house. Boyd said she told police that she opened the door after a knock and that three men then bound her and plundered the house. She was taken to WellStar Cobb Hospital complaining of back pain from being thrown on the ground, Boyd said.

A male relative of the woman made the call to police. He saw evidence of the intruders after driving up to the house, Boyd said. He, too, was taken to the hospital for injuries from a fall he suffered while rushing back to his car to report the crime, Boyd said.

When police reached the neighborhood, a Powder Springs officer spotted two men on foot. The officer grabbed one of them. Police also spotted the Lincoln and gave chase, with units from the Georgia State Patrol and the Cobb County Police Department participating, Boyd said.