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Wild chase injures cat; 2 arrested

Wild chase injures cat; 2 arrested

Wild chase injures cat; 2 arrested

James Anthony Miller

A wild police chase Halloween night resulted in two men arrested on drug charges after crashing into a dumpster, which fell on a stray cat.

The driver of a white 1998 Monte Carlo ditched the car before the crash, according to a report by Bulloch County sheriff's Deputy Mark Guarino.

The driver, James Anthony Miller, 29, of Packinghouse Road, tried to run away and had to be subdued by Taser because he refused deputies' orders, Guarino said.

Miller was charged with suspended license, reckless driving, cocaine possession, failure to pay child support, fleeing/attempt to elude, and obstruction.

A passenger who Guarino said used the car to flee after Miller abandoned it, Jeffrey Lee Raymond, 30, of East Olliff Street, was charged with reckless driving, cocaine possession, obstruction and fleeing/attempt to elude.

Guarino and Sgt. Jason Kearney, members of the Sheriff's Targeted Enforcement Patrol, or STEP unit, were on West Parrish Street at Northside Drive when they noted Miller was not wearing a seat belt, Guarino stated in reports.
When they made a U-turn and tried to stop Miller, he fled, Guarino said.

"At this point, the suspect's vehicle, without provocation, accelerated and fled the area under Miller's felonious control," he wrote. "Sgt. Kearney pursued the reckless vehicle as it wildly sped down (North) Main Street and made a sudden left turn onto Northside Drive East."

Miller continued driving "erratically" and seemed to be seeking somewhere to turn off, Guarino said, adding that Miller did turn off at Cone Homes, opening his door as if he intended to bail.

"As we exited the complex, the driver's door of the vehicle did open once more and Miller came spilling out onto the ground, but was unable to gain his footing," Guarino reported.

Miller refused Kearney's orders to keep his hands visible and kept reaching for waistband, making deputies suspect he may have had a gun, but no gun was found, according to reports.

After Miller jumped out of the car, it crashed, but Raymond took over at the wheel and continued fleeing, Guarino said.

"During the struggle, I observed that the car violently struck a dumpster, causing the trash receptacle to lift from its normal position and fall on a stray cat," Guarino said.

The injured cat was later picked up by Bulloch County Humane Enforcement.

Kearney deployed a Taser to subdue Miller while sheriff's Investigator John Quattlebaum caught Raymond "after a reckless ride through the back of the field (behind the apartment complex)," Guarino stated. Raymond also abandoned the car and ran off, Guarino said.

Several pieces of white, chalky rocks were found in the car, and they field tested positive for crack cocaine, he said.

Both Miller and Raymond were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where they remained without bond on an investigative hold Friday, according to jail records.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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