COLUMBUS, Ga. — One man is dead after a lengthy police chase with the Georgia State Patrol ended with him being hit by a truck on Buena Vista Road Saturday night.
GSP reports chasing a driver in a silver Ford Fusion on I-185 Southbound near Macon Road around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The driver of the Fusion got off on the Buena Vista Rd. exit, but ran the red light at the top of the ramp. A Nissan SUV rammed the passenger side of the Fusion.
The accident happened at the intersection of Buena Vista Rd. and the I-185 interchange. After the wreck, the suspect got out of his car, and ran down the embankment of I-185 Southbound.
Troopers say he ran across the interstate, and climbed over the cement divider. Oncoming traffic in the left Northbound lane of I-185 caught up with the suspect, and he was hit by another vehicle.
Georgia State Patrol says Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley was driving the vehicle that hit the suspect. Sheriff Jolley was not involved in the original chase, and his wife was also in the car at the time.
News 3 reached out to Sheriff Jolley. He says he and his wife are fine; however, he would not comment on Saturday night’s incident.
The suspect involved in the chase died as a result, though GSP is not releasing his name at this time. No state troopers were hurt in the wreck. The driver of the Nissan SUV was injured, but it’s not clear how hurt he or she is.
Police shut down I-185 NB from St. Mary’s Rd. through Buena Vista Rd., as well as Buena Vista Rd. EB as a result of the incident. The trooper’s patrol car never connected with the suspect’s car during the chase.
This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News 3 for updates.