Police pursuits often end up occurring at high speeds, placing the lives of those being pursued, innocent motorists and bystanders, and the police themselves at risk. These chases often are a result of non-violent infractions such as traffic violations. Reporting guidelines are non-mandatory, but statistics reveal that more than one person dies each day as a result of police pursuits. One-third of those killed are bystanders. Fox 5 Atlanta reports on a car chase which seriously injured the male being pursued and also injured his passenger as well as a deputy.
29-year-old John Brown of Douglas County was spotted by a Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy suspiciously loading items into his trunk. Brown took off in an attempt to elude arrest.
During the chase, Brown slammed on his brakes, leading to a multi-vehicle accident. First, Brown struck an innocent bystander. One deputy managed to avoid the crash, driving the car into a ditch. A second deputy collided with Brown’s vehicle.
Brown was in critical condition. His passenger had to be airlifted to Grady Memorial after being cut from the car. The deputy was released from the hospital. He suffered from minor sprains.
Both Haralson and Carroll County have issued warrants for Brown’s arrest. He is facing a number of charges, including two counts of causing serious injury and fleeing and eluding. He also faces numerous traffic violations.
Brown also has warrants for his arrest out of Douglas County for violation of probation. Records state that Brown has previously served two prison sentences for crimes in Douglas County.