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Metter man charged after high-speed chase
Suspect led law enforcement through three counties
Steven Wayne Collins Web
Steven Wayne Collins - photo by Special

A man who led law enforcement on a three-county high-speed chase Monday morning turned himself in to the Candler County Jail on Tuesday.

Steven Wayne Collins, 28, of Candler County, refused to stop after Candler County sheriff’s Deputy Rhett Kelley saw him speeding around 6 a.m. on Hwy. 46, said Candler County Sheriff John Miles.

Georgia State Patrol troopers joined in the subsequent chase, which reached speeds exceeding 90 mph, he said. After crossing into Emanuel and Toombs counties, Collins backtracked and returned to just inside Candler County, where he abandoned his vehicle and fled into the woods on a dead-end road near the river, Miles said.

After a lookout was posted, including a request for information posted on the Candler County Sheriff’s Facebook page, Collins turned himself in, said Investigator Justin Wells.

Collins faces charges of felony fleeing/attempt to elude, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony probation violation and a host of traffic charges, he said.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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