Two men were arrested after a high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon along Highway 84 from Walthourville to Holmestown, where their vehicle overturned, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 2:15 p.m., the LCSO was called to assist the Walthourville Police Department in a pursuit.
Deputy Brian Barnes noticed the vehicle speeding eastbound on Highway 84 in the school zone at Lewis Frasier Middle and Frank Long Elementary schools. Barnes heard the pursuit and was the first to assist Walthourville police, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Barnes picked up the chase, and the vehicle sped up to more than 70 mph on Highway 84, continuing through Hinesville.
Because of the number of traffic violations and school zones, Barnes elected to use the PIT maneuver, or the precision immobilization technique, to end the chase.
After the execution of the PIT, the vehicle slid off of the highway near Holmestown Road and overturned.
Liberty County deputies and Walthourville police arrested the driver, later identified as Marcus Greene, and the only passenger, identified as Michael Harvey, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Both are Liberty County residents.
They were escorted to a nearby patrol car and taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment.
A search of the car revealed a small jar of what was believed to be marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Harvey had a warrant from the Sheriff’s Office and was to be taken into custody after he was released from the hospital. Charges are pending from the LCSO and WPD against Greene.
“This was a successful conclusion to a dangerous chase, and no innocent motorists were hurt,” Sheriff Steve Sikes said.