Burglary suspect leads cops on high speed chase, escapes

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By Patrick Yost editor

A burglary of a Buckhead convenience store was foiled last week when two Morgan County deputies noticed a vehicle without head lights leaving the Buckhead Pit Stop. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Corp. Kevin Berisko and Deputy Kenneth Smith were patrolling the Buckhead area when they observed a 2016 BMW leave the Pit Stop parking lot at 2 a.m. When Corp. Berisko attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his emergency lights, the BMW fled north and then got onto the westbound lane of Interstate 20. Berisko said a high–speed chase ensued and he called for assistance from other officers. Morgan County Deputy Kenny Stewart deployed “stop sticks” near the 114 exit ramp.

According to reports, the right side front tire of the BMW struck the stop sticks, Madison Police Department Officer Devon Williams also joined the chase at the 114 exit. The right front tire of he BMW began to disentigrate near the 110 mile marker, reports state, and the vehicle wrecked when it attempted to leave the interstate at exit 90 in Covington. Reports state that an occupant or occupants in the vehicle fled on foot and escaped, despite authorities bringing a K9 unit to the scene. Inside the BMW, which was registered to a Florida rental car agency, was a flat–head screw driver and a pair of black gloves. During the chase, reports state Officer Williams struck a median wall and Deputy Stewart struck a marker pole causing damage to the radiator of the his patrol car.

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