By Patrick Yost
A high speed police chase on Interstate 20 that started after an alleged road rage incident ended with the suspect’s car flipping after a Georgia State Patrol trooper performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on the fleeing vehicle.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Rodriquez Marquise Bunyon, 39, was forced from the 2007 GMC Yukon after the Yukon came to a rest near the 117 mile marker in the eastbound lane of Interstate 20.
After a trooper smashed the driver’s side window, he order Bunyon to exit the vehicle. Bunyon did, reports state, and was arrested.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Morgan County Dispatch was called regarding a motorist on Interstate 20 allegedly pointing a handgun at another motorist. A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed the Yukon near the Rutledge exit and pulled behind the Yukon.
At the mile marker 114 several police units began an attempt to stop the Yukon.
Reports state the Yukon then accelerated to more than 100 miles per hour “endangering the lives of other citizens.”
Near the 117 mile marker, a Georgia State Patrol trooper executed the PIT maneuver and ended the chase.
After Bunyon was detained, reports state, officers allegedly found a Springfield Armory .45 caliber handgun that had been reported stolen in the vehicle. Officers also allegedly located a tan box with 10 grams of suspected MDMA on the floor of the vehicle. A scale was also located near the front seat.
Bunyon was arrested and charged with probation violation, possession and use of drug related objects, possession of MDMA, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by receiving stolen property.
The suspect complained of injury following the wreck and was transported to Morgan Medical Center were he was examined and released to the Morgan County Detention Center.