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Robber apprehended after high speed chase
The suspect was apprehended without incident after leading police in a high speed chase through the city. - photo by Patty Leon

An alleged armed robber was apprehended after a high-speed chase wound through Hinesville Saturday just before noon.

According to Hinesville police Officer Pat Cochran, officers received a call from a 911 agency in Virginia that said the Highway 84 Pizza Hut was being robbed. Cochran said an employee likely had an out-of-state cell phone, explaining why the call came from Virginia.

Cochran said when HPD arrived officers saw a man running from the back of the building.

Cochran said they immediately pursued the suspect, who jumped into a tan Ford Focus and took off.

HPD was soon assisted by officers from the Georgia State Patrol and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, at times, hit speeds of 91 mph on Highway 84, turning onto Veterans, then Main winding around to Shaw, onto Barry McCaffrey Boulevard, Airport Road and then turning into the Pine Ridge Subdivision. He turned left on Loblolly Road, which dead ends.

The suspect stopped, jumped out of the car and ran behind a house.

HPD officers with K-9 assistance chased the man on foot. He was apprehended without further incident. No one was injured.

According to Cochran the investigation was still in the preliminary stage and HPD Det. Gail Polson was set to arrive on scene and take over the investigation.

At the time he was apprehended, the suspect had not been identified by police. Liberty Regional EMS was called when the suspect complained of having difficulty in breathing. He was evaluated, handcuffed and placed into a squad car.

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