The Long County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect in an Sumter County homicide following a high speed chase early Tuesday morning.
According to the sheriff’s office, three deputies were conducting a safety checkpoint around 1:18 a.m. Tuesday when they saw a Honda Accord approach the checkpoint and stop. Deputy Hunter Breningstall made contact with the driver and requested his license.
The driver, later identified as Cortez Douglas, instead hit the gas pedal on the car in an attempt to flee the checkpoint.
Deputies began a pursuit on Highway 84. Sgt. Aaron Combs attempted a PIT maneuver and Douglas hit the brakes, causing all four tires to skid. The car came to a stop, and Douglas was taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle uncovered a 9mm handgun and ammunition, along with a small amount of what was suspected to be marijuana. After a check of Douglas through the GCIC and NCIC, deputies discovered he was wanted by the Sumter County Sheriff`s Office for murder.
Douglas is alleged to have shot and killed Quan’Tavius Robinson on May 29.
Douglas has been charged locally with multiple traffic violations along with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Douglas is being held in jail awaiting to be turned over to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.