COLUMBUS, Ga. — Several law enforcement agencies are investigating, after a high speed chase ended with injuries in Columbus. Traffic stacked up around 8 p.m. EDT Saturday on JR Allen Parkway. Columbus Police say Alabama State Troopers were chasing a suspect in a black Honda. That suspect, John Andrew Smith from Columbus, was later arrested. Smith, 27, was wanted for various felony crimes.
Troopers say Smith drove into Columbus and into oncoming traffic, causing a collision involving three vehicles. Police say Smith and some passengers involved in the collision went to the hospital with injuries, but none of them appear to be life-threatening. Troopers tell News 3 the severity of those injuries is still unknown.
Smith now faces three counts of first degree attempted assault, as well as reckless endangerment and felony attempting to elude charges. He is also charged with several traffic violations, including DUI. Alabama officials say Smith intentionally struck a Trooper’s vehicle during the chase.
Georgia State Patrol is now handling the accident and crash investigation.