A Bulloch County sheriff's sergeant stopped a fleeing driver early Sunday by using his own patrol vehicle to force the speeding SUV to a stop.
Statesboro police had issued a lookout for a white SUV involved in an earlier chase, and when Bulloch County sheriff's Deputy Ian Scruggs spotted it on G.W. Oliver Road at Cross Creek Road, the vehicle fled when he tried to make a traffic stop, according to Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.
The driver, later identified as Corey Daniel Early of Young Avenue in Savannah, continued at a high rate of speed as other deputies, including Bulloch County sheriff's Sgt. Rey Rodriguez, joined in pursuit.
The chase continued on Highway 67 near the Denmark community, and Early, 29, was driving recklessly and endangering others, Brown said.
"After Sgt. Rodriguez observed Early committing multiple traffic offenses and putting innocent lives at risk of injury, (he) performed the PIT maneuver, which resulted in the apprehension of Early," he said.
The PIT maneuver (precision immobilization technique) involves making contact with a fleeing vehicle with a patrol car in a skillful move meant to stop the car as safely as possible.
According to Rodriguez, Early's bumper caught the patrol car's brush guard, causing his SUV to spin, but neither Early nor a female passenger in his vehicle were injured.
The passenger was release with no charges, but Early was charged with fleeing/attempt to elude, wanted person (Chatham County), reckless driving, speeding, stop sign violation, driving on the wrong side of the road, passing in a no-passing zone, passing within 200 feet of oncoming traffic, obstruction, DUI/less safe/drugs, expired license, failure to obey traffic devices, expired registration and failure to maintain lane.
Charges from the Statesboro Police Department are pending as well, Brown said.