A car chase Sunday night culminated in a wreck that seriously injured a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and killed a suspect who allegedly was driving a stolen vehicle in Jesup.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ty Brooks said the chase began around 8:30 p.m. on Brannen Street near Wayne Memorial Hospital. A Jesup police officer tried to stop a white Ford Contour that had been reported stolen Saturday. The suspect, later identified as Dustin Sims, 34, allegedly fled.
Brooks said the chase continued for several miles around the city and, at one point, Sims reportedly tried to run into another city officer who attempted to stop the Ford.
The suspect turned left onto Hickory Street and ran a stop sign at the intersection of Hickory and Walnut.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Kruger, who was paralleling the suspect’s vehicle per department policy, was on his way to lay stop sticks on the road when the Ford went through the stop sign and collided with his cruiser.
Brooks said Kruger’s car struck the Ford’s driver’s side door. Sims was ejected and the vehicle rolled over him. He later was pronounced dead at Wayne Memorial.
Kruger was ejected from his cruiser and sustained a broken ankle and a head injury, which caused bleeding in his brain, according to GSP Post
Commander Sgt. 1st Class Bruce DeLoach. Kruger was taken by ambulance to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where he is expected to make a full re-