Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that his K-9 Unit engaged in a vehicle chase that resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle and stolen property along with the apprehension of one of two perpetrators involved.
“On February 15, 2016 around 12:45 p.m. the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was patrolling in the 1700 block of Roosevelt Hwy, Greenville, Ga. when he got an alert on his tag reader. The alert came back on a 2006 Dodge Caravan, white in color, bearing Ga tag number PBW1166, which was traveling North on Roosevelt Hwy. The alert indicated that the registration was suspended with no valid insurance. Our K-9 attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Roosevelt Hwy just north of Jarrell Road. Upon the deputy exiting his vehicle to make approach the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed heading north on Roosevelt Hwy. At that time a vehicle pursuit was initiated by the K-9 Unit. During the pursuit radio traffic from Meriwether County 911 was provided that the vehicle was involved in several burglaries earlier in the day in the jurisdiction of Troup County. Our unit was informed that some of the items taken in these burglaries were guns. Due to the serious nature of the offense and the reckless manner that the vehicle was being operated our PIT Certified K-9 Unit attempted a pit maneuver at Roosevelt Hwy at Hwy 54. The driver of the vehicle was able to recover and continued on Hwy 54 toward Lone Oak. The pursuit was ended on Hwy 54 at its intersection with Forrest Road when the Dodge Caravan ran off into the ditch. The two black male occupants fled the vehicle on foot. At that time a perimeter was set up by responding units. Troup County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrived on the scene and identified the stolen property as being taken from residential burglaries that occurred on Perry Mill Road and South Glenn Road, Troup County, Georgia earlier that day. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen from a car lot on Hwy 27 at its intersection with Lower Big Springs Road in the jurisdiction of Troup County. While checking the areas of Sewell Road and Forrest Road in the perimeter search one of our patrol deputies along with a Georgia State Patrol Trooper apprehended one of the offenders in the 8200 block of Forrest Road, Lone Oak, Ga. This juvenile offender is 16 years of age out of LaGrange, Ga. Troup County took possession of the stolen vehicle and property at the scene. Around 5:00 pm our patrol division responded to the 9800 block of Dallas Mill Road, Pine Mountain, Ga. in regard to a reported residential burglary. Our investigation into this matter revealed that this burglary was committed by the same two offenders as the Troup County incidents. This burglary being in Meriwether County and is in close proximity to the Troup County burglaries. We are currently working collaboratively with Troup County in identifying the other offender in these incidents. Charges will be filed in this jurisdiction in relation to the offenses that occurred in Meriwether County related to our investigation.” Sheriff Chuck Smith stated.
“I appreciate the assistance provided by all agencies involved. LaGrange P.D. sent their tracking dog in an attempt to track the offender that eluded capture. Our K-9 “Rambo” was unable to track due to suffering a slight injury during the pursuit. He has since been seen by the Vet and given a clean bill of health. The Georgia State Patrol responded to the area as well and assisted with the perimeter and search.” Sheriff Smith advised.