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Portal man arrested after chase
Motorcyclist led police, deputies through 3 counties
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A Portal man is taken into custody by Candler County sheriff's deputies after leading officers on a three-county chase on his motorcycle. The suspect eventually crashed in Toombs County, where he was arrested. - photo by Courtesy TOOMBS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

A traffic stop attempt by Metter police Tuesday sparked a three-county motorcycle chase, ending in a crash and the subsequent arrest of a Portal man.

Jim Craig Wilkerson, 23, of Portal, refused to stop his motorcycle when Metter officers switched on their blue lights due to his speeding and lack of registration, said Metter police Capt. Robert Shore. Wilkerson had an unidentified female passenger, who was not charged in the incident, he said.

Wilkerson sped through Metter, down Highway 121 to Cobbtown, and turned right onto Highway 152 toward Lyons. He then took Highway 1 toward Swainsboro and was stopped in Toombs County after he crashed, according to radio traffic by Georgia State Patrol Post 45 radio operators and troopers, who assisted in the chase.

The Toombs County Sheriff's Office and Lyons Police Department assisted the Candler County Sheriff's Office in the chase after it entered that county. Wilkerson left Highway 1, traveled onto Resmondo Road and then onto Louis Starra Road, “where he finally wrecked,” according to a post on the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Candler County sheriff’s deputies took Wilkerson into custody, and he was booked and charged by Metter police, Shore said.

Several charges are pending, and no one was injured in the chase, he said.

This version of this story has been edited to correct the name of the suspect on first reference.

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


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