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September 4, 2012

Police chase fleeing vehicle

Auto’s tires flattened, but driver still at-large Tuesday

Athens — The Athens Police Department became involved in a vehicle pursuit Saturday that ended with all of the tires blown on the fleeing car, and the driver at-large.

APD dispatch became aware at about 11:15 a.m., that a vehicle was speeding on U.S. Highway 175W toward Athens, with various law enforcement vehicles in pursuit.

APD Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Williams, III said his department deployed spikes on U.S. Highway 175 that flattened the fleeing driver’s tires as he came into the city.

“Our officers were able to set up at the Loop and U.S. 175 and successfully deploy our stinger spike system,” Williams said.

The vehicle continued toward downtown Athens, then turned right on Hawn Street and west on College Street.

The chase then proceeded southbound on Frizzell Street, past the LaRue intersection. At that point, the driver exited the vehicle, and began to flee on foot, leaving behind a small child in the car.

The subject, described as a black male, wearing a black shirt and blue-jean shorts, was last seen on Walnut Circle. Officers continue to search on Lakeside Drive, and in the Trinity Valley Community College area, before clearing the scene.

Williams said officers have a possible identification on the suspect.

“The agency that initiated the pursuit is following up on that at this time,” Williams said.

The circumstances that caused the Eustace Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to become involved in the chase were not available at press time.

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