A Friday afternoon police chase led to multiple crashes that blocked all lanes of I-75 South for miles at Northside Drive, authorities said.
Traffic started moving again after nearly an hour, but the backups caused major headaches for motorists heading home during the evening commute.
The chase began shortly after 3:30 p.m. when a state trooper spotted a White Jeep Cherokee traveling 100 mph on I-75 at Akers Mill Road, the Georgia State Patrol said. The trooper attempted to stop the SUV, which fled south at a high rate of speed.
Just before Northside Drive, the suspect crashed into five vehicles before coming to a stop against a concrete wall on the right shoulder of the interstate, police said.
After crashing, the driver of the SUV got out and ran across all southbound lanes, jumped the median wall and continued across the northbound lanes before running into the woods, the GSP said.
The southbound lanes were closed for about 45 minutes as police searched for the suspect, but he’s still at large.
The interstate reopened about 4:30 p.m, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported.
Two people reported minor injuries in the crash and one driver was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
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