Two pedestrians were struck and killed in Ludowici by a suspect attempting to flee from police, according to Georgia State Trooper Lt. Robert Balkcom.
Balkcom said the victims are Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr. and Marvin Pope, 61, of Midway.
The driver, Daniel Michael Toronto Hill, 23, of Savannah, allegedly struck McClelland, who had exited his patrol car to stop traffic.
Hill allegedly lost control of the vehicle, hitting Pope in front of the Flash Food service station on Highway 84 and killing him before he hit a vacuum cleaner near the gas pumps and stopped.
Hill faces 2 counts of murder, vehicular homicide and DUI charges. He was denied bond by Long County Chief Magistrate, Judge Bobby H. Smith II, at his first appearance hearing Sunday.
Balkcom said the chase began around 6 p.m. Saturday when a Liberty County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop a vehicle on Leroy Coffer Highway. The driver refused to stop and began speeding. The vehicle continued onto West Oglethorpe Highway into Hinesville with speeds exceeding 100 mph. Hinesville police officers blocked off intersections to allow the chase to pass safely.
The chase continued through Liberty County into neighboring Long County. The GSP picked up on the chase inside Long County.
The Courier will follow this story as it develops.