By Patrick Yost
A couple with their 8-year-old son led police on a dangerous high-speed chase where, reports allege, they attempted to run over one deputy and force a Georgia State Patrol trooper off the road after stealing electrical wire from a construction site.
Bradley Hudgins, 29, Conyers and Brittany McDaniel, 31, Conyers were both arrested after a trooper executed a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver on a 2005 Dodge Ram truck driven by Hudgins. The PIT maneuver caused the vehicle to strike a tree and roll several times near the 111 mile marker in the westbound lane of Interstate 20, effectively stopping a dangerous chase that began at the Morgan County Middle School construction site on College Avenue.
At 9:38 p.m. Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Charles Gillis reported that he, along with Madison Police Department officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers converged on the construction site after security apparatus at the site had warned authorities that a robbery was occurring. Deputy Gillis said in his report that he observed McDaniel as the driver of the Dodge. Gillis said he was able to pull along side the vehicle and threatened the couple at gunpoint to cease. Gillis said the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. He said he was able to pull in front of the truck when it stopped and he exited his vehicle with gun drawn and commanded the couple to stop. Gillis alleged that the truck came at him and forced him to dodge the fleeing truck.
Gillis and other officers tracked the truck on College Avenue as it headed towards the Madison by-pass. McDaniel told authorities after the crash that she was driving the truck up until it reached College Drive. She said, reports state, that she attempted to leave the truck with her son at that point but was allegedly Hudgins would not allow her to leave the vehicle and “threw her into the back.”
The truck reached speeds in excess of 100 mph while the chase travelled west on the Madison by-pass and then south on U.S. 441 when Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jodan Cox took lead pursuit in the chase and followed the truck onto the westbound lane of Interstate 20.
Reports state that near the 111 mile marker the truck attempted to ram the trooper’s vehicle into the interstate’s median. Cox then executed the PIT maneuver.
Both McDaniel and the juvenile were freed from the wreckage and, reports state, suffered no injury. Huggins had a serious injury to one leg and was transported to Athens Piedmont Hospital.
Authorities located 14 rolls of electrical wire and a trail camera that had been taken from the construction site among the wreckage. old deputies she needed medical assistance and Emergency Medical Services were called.
Mobley was arrested and detained and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.