By Quinn Rafferty, Staff
A high-speed chase unfolded over the weekend, beginning in Morgan County, racing through Walton County and then back to Morgan again. Morgan County Deputy Christopher Lash pursued four juvenile males in a white hatchback on Sunday, Jan. 5, around 2 a.m. The driver, a 16-year-old male, led police on a wild chase through two counties.
The chase began when Lash noticed the vehicle speeding by his patrol unit at 64 miles per hour when he was conducting traffic enforcement. After initiating pursuit of the vehicle, the young offender allegedly increased his speed to 90 miles per hour. According to Lash, he notified Morgan County Dispatch of the pursuit when it was clear that the driver wasn’t stopping.
“While in pursuit of the vehicle, we reached speeds of approximately 115 miles per hour while traveling west on Atlanta Highway,” wrote Officer Lash in the police report.
Lash notified authorities in Walton County that the vehicle was headed their way. The chase did cross over into Walton County briefly before heading back towards Morgan County. After allegedly running multiple stop signs at Prospect Road and Fairplay Road, along with Sandy Creek, and veering into the opposite travel lane, the vehicle in pursuit crossed back over into Morgan County.
Authorities feared the suspect could be armed after the Madison Police Department informed Lash that “the suspect had been known to carry a firearm at times.”
The chase continued west on Old Monroe Madison Highway where the pursuant was met with a Walton County Deputy blocking the road. The young male reacted quickly, turning right onto Poplar Street.
The chase came to a halt at the dead end of Old Forrester Road where all four occupants were detained. The suspect was driving a Madison vehicle reported stolen earlier in the night.
The three passengers were released to be turned over to the parents/guardians. The driver of the car was turned over to Morgan County jail around 4 a.m. and received nine citations including speeding, failure to yield to emergency vehicle, reckless driving, failure to obey stop sign, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to obey stop sign, and failure to maintain lane.