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High-speed chase ends in arrest in Long County
Long County deputies apprehend a man after a high-speed chase on Feb. 3. - photo by Photo provided by Long County Sheriff's Office

A Long County high-speed chase ended in the arrest of a man facing hit-and-run charges in Chatham County.

According to Long County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tom Sollosi, the LCSO was contacted Feb. 3 and told that law-enforcement agencies from McIntosh County were in pursuit of a late-model Nissan Altima on Highway 57 that was headed toward Long County.

The driver, who was later identified as 19-year-old Savannah resident Aaron Funk, crossed over into Long County at 1 p.m. and was intercepted by Sgt. Donald Bierly, Sgt. David Horton and Deputy Jake Durham.

Shortly after that, Long County officers took the lead in the chase. Sollosi said that near mile marker 20, Funk tried to elude the deputies, then lost control of the vehicle he was driving. The Altima left the road and came to rest near a power pole. Sollosi said that at this point, Funk jumped out of the car and tried to run away, but was immediately caught.

Sollosi said Funk was wanted in Chatham County for charges of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident and for DUI in Toombs County. During the chase, Funk hit speeds in excess of 100 mph and will face additional charges, but that as of Friday the charges had not yet been determined, Sollosi said.

A total of 18 law-enforcement officers assisted with the apprehension of Funk, Sollosi said.

The lieutenant said the owner and lienholder of the Altima were notified of the incident and the damage to the car.

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