The Ludowici Police Department is investigating two recent vehicle-related incidents.
The LPD received a report of a deserted semi-truck and trailer Dec. 4 at the El Cheapo truck stop.
An officer dispatched to the scene found a Land Star shipping truck parked, but no driver was found. The complainant said the truck was carrying 6 tons of tread rubber that was scheduled to be delivered Dec. 2 to Goodyear. The officer said a spokesperson for Land Star had attempted to contact the trucking company, which is in Alabama, but was unable to. Land Star then contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Atlanta office.
LPD Chief Robert Poppell said Landon Towing in Jesup was contacted to impound the truck. The case has been turned over to the GBI, and there are pending charges of theft by conversion against the allegedly at-fault trucking company.
Poppell also said that the department is looking for a motorcycle driver who eluded authorities Nov. 30. The motorcycle approached Ludowici on Highway 84 traveling from the direction of Hinesville. He said that an officer saw the motorcycle in front of the IGA grocery store and clocked it at 62 mph in a 35-mph zone. He said the driver ran through a red light at the intersection in town and began to speed up.
Poppell said an officer pursued the driver and also contacted the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The chief said that once the driver left Long County, Wayne County authorities began chasing him. The chase continued into Brantley County on to Highway 301. The driver eluded authorities, but the motorcycle later was found between Nahunta and Winokur. Poppell said a search for the driver is ongoing and anyone with information can call the LPD at 545-2222.
Poppell also said that over the last week, LPD cited 15 people for driving with a suspended registration, 12 for speeding, five for driving without insurance, and two for having expired tags. Citations also were issued for driving with a suspended driver’s license, not having a child properly restrained and failing to obey a stop sign.
In other business, Poppell said that the department still is accepting donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots initiative. He said there is someone at the department 24 hours a day. The toys should be new and not wrapped.