Two high speed chases that happened within three days of each other in the county ended poorly for both drivers.
Monday night a high speed chase which began shortly after 7 p.m., sent a suspect to the hospital after a Georgia State Patrol Trooper used the PIT maneuver to stop him. According to GSP Post Commander, John Snipe, the trooper was on patrol in the area of I-95 near mile marker 71 northbound when he clocked a 2003 Jeep Wrangler traveling 103 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Snipe said trooper began to chase the driver. The driver fled and allegedly began passing cars on the shoulder at a high rate of speed. As the vehicles approached mile marker 75 the trooper employed the PIT maneuver to end the chase. The maneuver caused the vehicle to roll over several times ejecting a 29 year old man onto the center median.
Snipe said they checked the car’s tag and discovered the vehicle was stolen. The suspect was flown by medical helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah where he’s listed in stable condition.
He is facing charges to include speeding, reckless driving, parole violation and larceny from a case out of Florida.
The accident is being investigated by the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. The trooper was not injured
Saturday evening another high speed chase ended in a wreck in Flemington. According to GSP Trooper, Lyle Thurmond the chase began on I-95 northbound when a Liberty County deputy clocked a vehicle traveling 88 mph in a 70 mph zone.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. But the driver, later identified as Sherick Brinson continued to flee.
During the chase GSP Trooper, Chris Ashdown joined the pursuit in an attempt to stop the motorist.
The motorist exited the interstate at exit 76 making a left turn in the direction of Hinesville with the two officers still in pursuit, at times exceeding 120 miles per hour.
A Liberty County deputy set up stop sticks at the intersection of Leroy Coffer and East Oglethorpe which ended up damaging one of the tires on the fleeing vehicle.
The driver continued westbound where he attempted to make a U-turn at Caleb White to return eastbound. While attempting to make the U-turn he was struck by a vehicle heading in the westbound lane.
During the chase, the driver threw out a book bag, which was later recovered. The bag contained over 4 pounds of suspected Cocaine, over 11 ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, various pills and other substances. All items in the bag also field tested positive for Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous Opiate.
Brinson fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.
Three people were injured. Two were treated and released at the scene.
One person was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.
Brinson is currently being held without bond at the Liberty County Jail on the following charges: trafficking cocaine, trafficking Methamphetamine , two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute (2 counts), fleeing and attempting to elude , DUI and numerous traffic citations.
Liberty County Sheriff Sikes said his department would like to thank the Midway Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and, “Everyone that assisted in apprehending this suspect. It is this kind of cooperation that will continue to make our communities safer.”
The investigation is ongoing.