Lanes on I-85 were shut down as police investigated a crash.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Chase leads to crash on I-85, officials say, shutting down lanes for hours

Two juveniles were arrested Sunday after they allegedly sparked a police chase and crashed on I-85 in Coweta County, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The crash and investigation shut down five miles of I-85 lanes in both directions for more than two hours.

The chase started when Newnan police officers tried to pull over a white Jaguar they believe was linked to a recent car break-in, the Newnan Police Department said in a statement.

The chase continued onto I-85, before spike strips caused the Jaguar to crash into a guardrail, police said.

The two people in the car — both juveniles who were not identified — got out and ran northbound on I-85.

“Both suspects were seen carrying pistols while running,” police said.

A Newnan officer used a Taser on one of the occupants and took him into custody near the scene of the wreck.

“The other suspect, still carrying a firearm, was able to cross eight lanes of traffic and a barrier wall,” eventually going into the woods, the statement said.

While running, he allegedly held up a pistol at two Coweta County sheriff’s deputies, who fired. He was not struck by the bullets.

The second occupant of the car was found nearly one-and-a-half hours later, hiding under a wood pile, officials said.

The GBI was consulted about the incident, but is not directly involved.

All lanes in both direction were blocked from the Collinsworth Road exit to the Ga. 154 exit while officials investigated. The closure led to major delays.

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