By Patrick Yost
A high–speed chase through downtown Madison last week ended with the arrest of a woman on stolen vehicle, DUI and other traffic related charges. A passenger in the suspect’s vehicle was tracked for an hour by a Putnam County Sheriff’s Department canine unit before he was discovered in a wooded area off Parks Mill Road.
Christy Thomason, 36, of Mauldin, South Carolina, was arrested and charged with a slew of crimes after she allegedly led authorities on a high–speed chase that began on Interstate 20, ran through downtown Madison, turned abruptly on East Washington Street and continued onto Bethany Road and onto Parks Mill Road before the Tundra stopped in a private driveway and Thomason was arrested. She was officially charged with speeding, driving with a suspended license, theft by receiving, reckless driving, DUI, improper stopping, faulture to maintain lane, and a stop sign violation. According to reports, Anthieus Dixon, 41, of Newport, Virginia, was a passenger in the vehicle and fled into a wooded area off Parks Mill Road, attempting to hide before he was discovered by a canine and officer. Dixon was charged with obstruction.
According to Georgia State Patrol reports, the pursuit ensued after a Georgia State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a black Toyota Tundra for speeding in the west bound lane of Interstate 20. Reports state that the trooper pulled behind the vehicle and the vehicle stopped in the left bound lane of Interstate 20 near the 115-mile marker. The trooper alleged that the Tundra was going 86 mph in a 70 mph zone.
After the trooper attempted to make the stop the Tundra accelerated away in the median before turning northbound on U.S. 441 at exit 114.
The trooper reported that the vehicle then increased speed and was driving on the wrong side of the road, was passing vehicles on curves and the crest of hills before reaching the historic district of Madison. The Tundra then squeezed past a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and East Washington Street and travelled toward the Madison by–pass. Reports state that the Tundra failed to stop at the by–pass intersection and continued on Bethany Road.
On two occasions the trooper attempted a PIT maneuver on the Tundra but on each occasion the Tundra slowed almost to a stop, thwarting the PIT efforts.
After the vehicle came to a stop Thomason was arrested immediately and showed signs of impairment, reports state. The Tundra is reported stolen out of Virginia.