A Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy, assisting Statesboro police in a high-speed chase, stopped a fleeing suspect by using the PIT maneuver on Highway 301 South Thursday afternoon.
Capt. Jason Kearney with the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team performed the PIT maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, against a burgundy Lincoln near East Georgia College and Georgia State Patrol Post 45 because the suspect, Lawrence Lavon Harden, 34, of an unknown address in Statesboro, was driving into oncoming traffic, said Bulloch County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Capt. Todd Hutchens.
Kearney was assisting in the chase initiated by Statesboro Police Officer Adam Paquette, who tried to stop Harden on Fair Road, said Statesboro Police Sgt. Jake Saxon.
When Harden didn’t stop, the chase began and continued down South Main Street, which turns into Highway 301 South, Saxon said.
Other law enforcement responded as well, and several officers with various agencies helped to control traffic during the PIT maneuver stop. No one was reported injured.
Harden was taken to the Bulloch County Jail and booked on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, prescription drugs not in original container, seat belt violation, reckless driving and felony fleeing/attempt to elude. He also had an outstanding warrant in Bulloch County for probation violation.
Harden will be held without bond pending further court action, according to jail records.