A Savannah man driving a stolen car escaped law enforcement after a chase Saturday, but when he fled Monday after being spotted again, he was quickly apprehended, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Lee Marquis Williams, 25, of Hawthorne Street, was driving a silver Toyota Corolla Friday when members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team attempted to stop him after learning its tag was entered as stolen by the Statesboro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office said in a Tuesday news release.
After fleeing from officers for several minutes, Williams "was able to elude investigators."
However, CST investigators Thomas McKeithen and Sneed Collins "located the vehicle again on Denmark Street in Statesboro" on Monday, the release says. Williams fled again, but McKeithen stopped the car using a "PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to bring a quick end to the chase with no injuries," the release says.
The car was stolen from Savannah, but the tag on the vehicle was stolen from a Statesboro victim, according to the release.
Williams was found with cocaine, and a check revealed he was wanted in Chatham County for other outstanding charges, according to the sheriff's office.
Williams was taken to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with two counts each of felony theft by receiving stolen property, misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property and fleeing and attempting to elude police, and one count each of possession of cocaine and various traffic charges.
The PIT maneuver is often used by law enforcement officers in pursuit of fleeing suspects. McKeithen, along with approximately 20 other Bulloch County sheriff's deputies and CST investigators, were certified to perform the maneuver in November after Sheriff Lynn Anderson authorized their attendance to a training class at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, according to the release.