A great majority of police chases begin with a simple traffic violation. Drivers flee for a number of reasons, usually because they may have warrants for their arrest or they are driving on an invalid license. While police officers are specifically trained in how to drive during a chase and employ various tactics, crashes do occur. Typically, the vehicle being chased is the guilty party when an accident is caused, but it is usually the innocent bystanders who are injured in these accidents.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a police chase that ended in a wreck, causing three children to be hospitalized.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper spotted a white Hyundai that was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on I-75 South near Northside Drive.
When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver allegedly did not heed the officer and drove away. A police chase ensued, moving from I-75 to I-75/I-85 and finally onto I-20 westbound.
The chase ended when the driver of the Hyundai exited onto Martin Luthor King Drive when the driver crashed into first a white Chevrolet van and a gold Camry.
The driver of the Hyundai was identified as Jerry Lee Cozart. He had four other occupants in the car, including a 15-year-old male and two 3-year-old females. The minors were taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
Two people who were in the Camry were not injured. Two occupants in the Chevrolet van were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries.
There were active warrants out of Dekalb County as well as other agencies for Cozart’s arrest. The warrants were for the crimes of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a felony, and aggravated assault.