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VIDEO: Early morning chase leads to crash, arrest

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UPDATE as of 12:20 p.m. Tuesday:

New details have been released since the initial story was posted this morning.

According to Sheriff William Bowman, the suspect who lead deputies on a chase on Airport Road in Hinesville apparently suffered a self inflicted gunshot to his head.

Bowman said when deputies went to remove the man from the vehicle after the accident they noticed a large amount of blood on his head even though he was wearing a seatbelt. 

When he arrived at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah emergency medical helicopter it was discovered the man had suffered a gunshot wound.  A weapon was later found inside the Honda Pilot he was operating.

At no time was gunfire exchanged during the chase either by the suspect or deputies, according to Bowman.  Bowman notified GBI to conduct an investigation and once it was determined the wound was self inflicted it was turned over to the Liberty County Sheriffs Office to investigate. 

Bowman said the man is in stable condition at Memorial and detectives are continuing to investigate.

Our original story:

A chase began when a suspect struck a Liberty County deputy's vehicle after a traffic stop sending the suspect to the hospital after crashing.

 A routine traffic stop for no tail lights turned into a chase early Tuesday morning on Airport Road in Hinesville. 

According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Christopher Ashdown, the chase began when a Liberty County deputy pulled over a man for not having rear tail lights at Westgate mobile home park shortly before 1 am. 

 The deputy called for a canine unit to assist on the traffic stop and as the officers tried to have the suspect exit the vehicle the suspect fled into the mobile home park which was dead ended.

As the suspect turned his vehicle around to exit the park he struck the deputy's vehicle which had initiated the traffic stop causing damage to the brush guard.

The suspect exited the mobile home park making a right turn onto Airport Road in the direction of Walthourville with both deputies in pursuit.

When the suspect reached The intersection of Barry McGaffrey Blvd and Airport Road, the canine deputy, who was in the lead, initiated a PIT maneuver causing the suspect to lose control of his vehicle and drive into the wood line.

The suspect was flown to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah by helicopter where his condition is unknown.

Video is of emergency responders responding to the scene.