A 14-year-old driver was seriously injured following a high-speed chase in eastern Liberty County early Wednesday morning, authorities said.
According to GSP Trooper Carl Hutchinson and a report filed by Liberty County Deputy Harley Freeman, the chase began shortly after 2 a.m. when Freeman noticed a Toyota Camry traveling northbound weaving near Leroy Coffer Highway and Luke Road. Freeman turned on his lights to initiate a traffic stop.
The driver of the Camry, later identified as a 14-year-old, refused to pull over and continued onto Freedman Grove road toward Lake George, the report says.
According to Freeman's report, the driver maintained speeds of 50-55 mph until he entered Lake George, then began to exceed 70 mph. With the officer in pursuit, the teen’s vehicle began to fishtail before running off the road.
Hutchinson said the Camry struck a mailbox and slammed into a tree at the intersection of Limerick Road and Fifth Street.
When Freeman went to check on the driver, he could see that the teen was pinned inside and had cuts to his face. According to Freeman's report, the teen had to be extracted from the vehicle.
Hutchinson said the teen was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with leg injuries and cuts.
Hutchinson said the teen lives in the Midway area.