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Page 5B May 29, 2019 iR orter Continued from 4B drlver arm h h-speed d ase on 1-75 So dh A 28-year-old Hispanic ]onesboro man was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempt- ing to elude after a high-speed chase on 1-75 South on May 18. ,At about 3:22 p.m Cpl. Jacob Robins and Dep. Akedra Robert- son saw a black 2002 Dodge Ram traveling 93 mph in a 70 mph zone on 1-75 South near mile marker 191. Deputies tried to stop the truck, but it instead sped up to 105 mph while swerving from lane to lane as a Georgia State Patrol trooper joined the :chase. Near mile marker 183, the truck nearly hit a white van, which caused the van to cut Rob- ins' patrol car off momentarily. About a mile later, the truck passed several vehicles in the emergency lane before slamming on the brakes and making a right turn through a ditch and fence and into a field. Robins then saw the male driver, who was wearing a white-t-shirt and pink shorts, exit the truck and take off on foot into the woods. Meanwhile, the truck kept going until it struck a tree, causing the front pas- senger side wheel to break off. Robertson and Cpls. Timothy Campfield, Thomas Haskins and Christian Sawley all searched for the driver, including using a drone, for three hours but were unable to find him. Dispatchers then contacted the truck's male owner, who identified the driver. Dispatchers determined the driver was wanted for cruelty to children and a probation viola- tion. The driver will also be charged with speeding, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, driving in the emergency lane and driving while unlicensed. Deputy saves driver after vehicle catches fire during 1-75 wreck A 51 -year-old black Mc- Donough woman was arrested and charged with DUI after a two-vehicle wreck on 1-75 South on May 19. At about 3:12 a.m Dep. Willie Barkley went to 1-75 South near mile marker 189 where he saw one vehicle stopped in the middle lane of 1-75 South and a second vehicle, a blue 2011 Hyundai Sonata, in the median facing the wrong direction. Smoke was coming from the Sonata, and Barkley saw flames coming from under the vehicle near the driver's side door. Barkley then opened the driver side door and pulled the female driver, who was looking inside a passenger side compart- ment, from the burning vehicle. The Sonata driver, who smelled of alcohol, told Barkley she knew her vehicle was on fire but was looking for her cell phone. The Sonata driver said she was fine but didn't know what had happened. The male driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck told Barkley he was travel- ing in the far left lane ofi-75 South when he saw the Sonata stopped in his lane with its lights off at the bottom of a hill. The male driver said he tried to steer around the Sonata but clipped it in the rear. The Sonata driver then told Barkley she was headed home from a Stockbridge bar. The Sonata driver said she con- sumed beer and an Apple Ciroc vodka drink before leaving the bar about 2:30 a.m. The Sonata driver had slurred speech, red, watery eyes and was unsteady on her feet. During the conversa- tion, the Sonata driver said she needed to call her son. She then placed her phone from her hand back into her purse. She then searched her purse for her phone and when she didn't find it, she told Barkley it was in her vehicle, which occurred several times during the incident. The Sonata driver then got out her credit cards and tried to pay an online bill on her phone. Barkley told her he did not have enough time for her to do that at the wreck scene. He then asked her to take several field sobriety tests, but she refused, saying she needed to call her lawyer. Barkley saw the Sonata driver had urinated on herself. After first denying it, the Sonata driver admitted it, saying she was nervous during the wreck. The Sonata driver then refused a field breath test or a blood test and was taken to the Monroe County Jail. The Sonata driver was also charged with improper stopping on roadway and having no insurance. Wise. man charged with DUI on 1-475 A 52-year-old white Suamico, Wisc. man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traf- fic stop on 1-475 South on May 20. At about 10:55 p.m Sgt. John Thompson saw a white 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 failing to maintain its lane on 1-475 South near mile marker 13. Thompson smelled a strong odor of alcohol inside the truck. The male driver, who said he was headed to Byron, held on to a concrete barrier as he walked to the back to the truck. The driver then admitted to drinking four beers at the airport, where he had flown in from Wisconsin. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests, and Thompson found a large cup of beer inside the truck. Thompson then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he tested positive for more than the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane and an open container violation. Prius driver says grov- el cracked windshield At about 7:10 p.m. on May 20, a Huntsville, Ala. woman told Dep. Peyton Henderson that she was driving on 1-75 South near mile marker 177 when gravel being hauled in a semi-truck fell onto her red 2015 Toyota Prius, causing multiple cracks to the windshield. The woman said she was able to get the semi-truck's tag information. 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