By Patrick Yost
What started as the alleged theft of two Yorkie puppies from a Lamar County woman ended in a dangerous, high–speed chase on Interstate 20 with speeds exceeding 140 mph and a Georgia State trooper executing a text–book ‘pit’ maneuver on two suspects.
Raheem Anthony Roberston, 21, Winnsboro, S.C. and his brother Anthony Tavar Robertson, 29, Winnsboro, S.C. both face multiple charges after a silver Mercedes driven by Raheem fled from officers last Tuesday, May 30.
According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, the Robertson brothers were arrested near the 123 mile marker of the east bound lane of Interstate 20 after Georgia State Patrol Corporal Cory Seymour executed a high–speed “pit” maneuver on the the Mercedes. Corp. Seymour nudged the Mercedes which forced it to slide into the median and come to a stop.
Immediately after the stop both men were arrested and the puppies were taken from the vehicle and transported to Morgan County Animal Control.
Barkley said at approximately noon Morgan County authorities received a “Be On The Lookout (B.O.L.O) call from Lamar County authorities regarding two men in a silver vehicle suspected of stealing the two puppies after the men responded to a Craigslist ad. Markley said Morgan County deputies patrolled Georgia Highway 83 and Morgan County Lt. Dietrich Roland observed a suspect vehicle matching the lookout. Lt. Roland attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle did stop just as it was entering the eastbound lane of Interstate 20 but it then accelerated away.
Markley said Madison Police Department officers joined the chase and at one point a Morgan County deputy attempted to stop the suspect vehicle using “stop sticks” thrown across the interstate. After Corp. Seymour joined the chase he was able to bring the vehicle to a stop.
The dogs are valued at $3,000, Markley said.
Raheem Robertson is charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, removing license plate to conceal identity, driving with a suspended license, driving in an emergency lane, construction site speed violation, driving on a closed roadway and reckless driving. He remains incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center.
Anthony Robertson was detained and then extradited to Lamar County where he faces felony theft by taking charges. The two men are also suspects in a similar dog theft in Social Circle, Markley said.