By Patrick Yost
A high speed chase that began when Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley attempted to stop an alleged reckless driver on Interstate 20 last Wednesday ended after a Corp. Fleming, Georgia State Patrol performed a “precision immobilization technique” (P.I.T.) on the Dodge Ram pickup truck on Atlanta Highway.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the truck left the road near the Hollis Lane area and flipped, coming to rest upside down in a swampy area, reports state.
According to Markley, the chase began at approximately 11:30 a.m. when he was passed by the truck while traveling westbound on Interstate 20 near the Buckhead exit. Markley said the truck was traveling at an excessive speed and when he pulled behind the truck, the driver started driving erratically. The vehicle, driven by Quandraqus Tyrelle Robinson, 31, Piedmont, S.C. exited the interstate in Madison where a second deputy joined the chase. The truck then traveled at high speed south on U.S. 441 toward Madison, taking a sharp left at the intersection of Main Street and Atlanta Highway. When the truck reached Farmer’s Hardware, three Georgia State troopers were waiting and engaged in the chase. Fleming said the vehicle weaved through 20 vehicles in both lanes before coming to a halt. Before the vehicle got to Rutledge, hesaid, “I elected to end the pursuit.”
After the vehicle crash, reports state, a female passenger in the vehicle was transported to Morgan Medical Center, treated for injuries and released.
Deputies and troopers also found two pistols in the truck, one of which, Lt. Brandon Sellers, Investigations Unit, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, said had been reported stolen.
Robinson faces a host of charges, including possession of a stolen firearm, theft by receiving stolen property, felony fleeing, giving false name and address, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane. Sellers said Robinson also has outstanding probation warrants and a burglary warrant out of Anderson, S.C.