The Georgia Department of Public Safety has several departments whose responsibilities include the safety of the roadways. One of these departments is the Georgia State Patrol, which conducts traffic stops and accident investigations on Georgia roadways. Another department is the Motor Carrier Compliance Division. This department has the primary duty of performing driver and vehicle inspections of commercial vehicles. This department also oversees the H.O.V. units, the School Bus Safety Unit, Size and Weight Enforcement, and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Program. M.C.C.D officers may also on occasion be involved in pursuits if they are called to do so by witnessing a crime.
WGXA reports that a Dept. of Highway Safety vehicle was involved in an accident following a chase on Interstate 75 in Bibb County.
The incident occurred on April 24th after a Motor Carrier Compliance Division officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop after spotting an allegedly stolen Toyota Tundra.
The driver fled from the officer. In attempts to elude capture, the vehicle reached speeds of 110 m.p.h. and the driver behaved recklessly, weaving in and out of traffic.
When law enforcement officers who joined the pursuit attempted a PIT maneuver, the suspect jammed on his brakes, intentionally colliding with the officer’s vehicle. The chase then continued onto Interstate 75.
Bibb County deputies then tried to disable the truck with spike strips. In an attempt to avoid the spike strips, the driver rear-ended another vehicle. The resulting three-car wreck blocked all lanes.
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