Suspect rams Georgia State Patrol car during chase

(File: CBS San Francisco)

CRISP COUNTY, Ga — A suspect is in the hospital after Georgia State Patrol confirms he crashed into several vehicles during a chase Tuesday morning.

Cordele dispatch reports the incident started when 31-year-old Andrew Higgins of Massachusetts became irate at a local drive thru just after 8 a.m.

The business owner called police when Higgins refused to move his car. Cordele police officers report Higgins refused to cooperate and sped off towards the Crisp-Sumter County line at more than 110 mph.

Corporal Michael Storey says state troopers were called to assist Crisp County deputies in the high speed chase on Georgia Highway 30 at about 8:30 a.m.

Storey says the troopers and deputies laid out stop strips in front of a country kitchen restaurant at the intersection of Hwy 195 and Hwy 280. He says the approaching suspect’s vehicle hit the back end of a tractor trailer and a Crisp County Sheriff deputy’s patrol car while trying to get past the law enforcement stop.

Storey says a trooper moved his GSP patrol car to block Higgins, but the man accelerated and rammed the patrol car head-on. Higgins’ vehicle spun out and hit the nearby restaurant’s sign and part of the building.

Storey continues Higgins tried to resist, but law enforcement on the scene used tasers and batons to take him into custody. He was later taken to Crisp County Memorial Hospital for treatment. GSP confirms the trooper in the patrol car was not injured.

The case remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News 3 for updates.


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