By: Savannah Smith | 08-04-2017 | News
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Man Steals 4 Cars, Causes 6 Crashes in Georgia as Police in Dozens Give Chase

A hit-and-run incident in Gwinnett County, Georgia escalated into a wide and wild police chase that eventually involved dozens of police officers responding, four vehicles were stolen, adding six or more hit-and-run encounters, and ending in a crash.

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Police said everything started with a hit-and-run at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Britt Road in Norcross around 1:15 p.m. The suspect is believed to have driven off toward DeKalb County in a box truck that was stolen. The chase led to four more vehicles being stolen and more hit and runs throughout the Norcross, Tucker, and Duluth areas during the chase.

One of the cars stolen was even a Gwinett County patrol vehicle.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update: About 4 vehicles were stolen, 6-8 hit and runs, driver had outstanding warrant <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) <a href="">August 3, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The authorities first got a call reporting a man in Tucker hitting cars with a box truck. The police arrested the driver at South Royal Atlanta Drive after two witnesses held him down and waited for the officers to arrive. The suspect was put in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car.

While inside the back of the patrol car, police said the suspect moved his arms forward, squeezed through the cage window and stole the car. It was not clear how he was able to lose the police officers inside the vehicle.

The police then narrated that the suspect next drove the police car through a golf course but suffered a crash. Then he went on to steal two other trucks as police tracked him using a GPS around the area.

The driver is also accused of several hit-and-runs in a Walmart parking lot on Pleasant Hill Road.

There was a point during the chase that officers and deputies from at least five agencies already got involved in running after the suspect. The suspect had warrants out of Forsyth County.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update: The suspect was handcuffed in the back and placed in backseat of patrol car. He moved arms forward, squeezed through cage window <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) <a href="">August 3, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The suspect led the police on a chase and crashed at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at Campus Drive. Police said an officer had to perform a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect.

The suspect sustained injuries and was brought to the hospital. Peachtree Industrial Boulevard had to be closed for several hours due to the chaos caused by the chase and crash but has since reopened.

The police have yet to reveal the name of the suspect. He has been discharged from the hospital but will face multiple charges.



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