Law enforcement officers from three separate agencies linked a Monday-morning car chase, where a man and woman were arrested for car theft, to a third person who had been traveling with the pair.
Georgia State Patrol Post 45 Commander Sgt. Brad Mosher gave chase around 7:15 a.m. Monday to a car reported stolen from Eagle Villas near the Georgia Southern University campus. Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies, Statesboro police and members of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team joined the chase, catching the woman driver and her male passenger, but there was more to the story, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jared Akins.
While Christian Noah Anderson, 18, Miller Street, Waycross and Kayla Susan Raulerson, 24, Dixon Road, Waycross, were the only two in the car, further investigation linked them to another man arrested in a separate incident Monday, he said.
Joseph Wayne Standridge, 27, Lakeside Drive, Appling, was apprehended when Deputy Randall Norman and his K9 partner Gismo were on patrol on Highway 24 and saw Standridge acting suspiciously and fleeing, he said.
When Standridge refused to obey orders to stop, Norman deployed Gismo, a new addition to the sheriff’s department, and the dog stopped Standridge from flight, Akins said. Standridge was suspected in a reported burglary at a B. Stubbs Road home nearby, he said.
Further investigation revealed all three came to Statesboro in a car stolen from Wrens, he said. They abandoned that car and Raulerson and Anderson picked up the car stolen from Eagle Villas.
That car had a tracking system in place, and when Statesboro police issued a lookout, Mosher spotted the car near the Screven County line on Highway 301 North.
The chase headed back toward Statesboro, with the pair crashing into a convenience store near the Moose Lodge, and ended when officers performed a PIT maneuver on Lynda Drive off Highway 301 North, according to Statesboro police Lt. James Winskey.
According to Internet search engine Google.com, “the PIT maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.”
Mosher said two sheriff’s patrol cars and a Statesboro police patrol car were damaged in the chase. No injuries were reported, but when Raulerson and Anderson were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, they were “too intoxicated” to be immediately booked in, Akins said. The two were processed the next day, after becoming sober.
Raulerson faces charges from Georgia State Patrol including second-degree criminal damage to property, DUI/drugs/less safe, fleeing and attempt to elude, driving while unlicensed, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless driving and seat belt violation.
The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office charged her with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects, while the Statesboro Police Department charged her with theft by taking motor vehicle.
Anderson is charged with theft by taking motor vehicle (Statesboro police) and trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a drug-related object by Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies.
Standridge is charged with obstruction and burglary by the Bulloch county Sheriff’s Office.
All three remain in the Bulloch County Jail pending further investigation and court appearances.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.