Law enforcement pursuing a car stolen in Statesboro Monday night ended up in Emanuel County, where the suspects fled on foot after state troopers forced the car to a stop, police said.
Tracking dogs failed to locate the men, but they were later found and arrested in Emanuel County, according to reports.
Montevius Terrell Howard, 20, of Southwest Fulton Street in Atlanta, and Casey Justin Harris, 20, of Carriage Lake Drive in Stockbridge, Georgia, are now being held in the Bulloch County Jail.
Howard is charged with felony theft by taking automobile, and Harris is charged with felony theft by taking.
Statesboro police officers responded to a call around 9 p.m. Monday about a car stolen from Parker's Enzone convenience store on Lanier Drive.
Reports said an 18-year-old Rucker Lane woman left her car unlocked and running when the two suspects took it.
After a lookout was posted, a Register police officer spotted the black 2015 Nissan Versa on U.S. Highway 301 South and gave chase, joined by Bulloch County sheriff's deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers, according to a Bulloch County Sheriff's Office incident report.
The chase moved onto Interstate 16, where troopers and deputies followed the car west toward Emanuel County. Twice troopers attempted to stop the car by using "stop sticks," and the second attempt was successful, according to the report.
The car lost a front tire after hitting the the stop sticks and came to an "uncontrolled stop," but the suspects abandoned the car and fled on foot, the report says. Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 units responded to track the men, but they were not immediately found.
Both men were apprehended later in Emanuel County and transported to the Bulloch County Jail, said Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins.
No law enforcement vehicles were damaged in the chase, nor were there any reported injuries, according to reports.
The car was recovered and towed back to Statesboro.
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