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Metter man sought after traffic chase
Suspect led deputies, troopers through 3 counties at speeds exceeding 90 mph
Steven Wayne Collins Web
Steven Wayne Collins

Candler County sheriff's deputies are seeking a man who fled after a high-speed chase through three counties.

Around 6 a.m. Monday, Candler County sheriff's Deputy Rhett Kelly saw a speeding vehicle on Highway 46 and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as Steven Wayne Collins, 28, of Candler County, refused to stop, said Candler County Sheriff John Miles.

Georgia State Patrol troopers joined in the subsequent chase, which reached speeds exceeding 90 mph, he said.

Collins left Candler County, sped through Emanuel County and ended up in Toombs County before backtracking and re-entering Emanuel. Once again in Candler County, "just inside the county line, he took a dead-end road" and, finding himself trapped, abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot "through a wooded area near the river," Miles said.

During the chase, Collins racked up several charges, including traffic charges and two felony violations, he said. Deputies also discovered that Collins was wanted on a probation warrant, he said.

A complete list of charges was not available Monday evening.

Anyone who knows of Collins' whereabouts is asked to contact the Candler County Sheriff's Office at (912) 865-2568.

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



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