A man police said was driving a stolen car was slightly injured Tuesday afternoon when a Georgia State trooper stopped him by performing a "pit maneuver."
Trooper First-Class Brian Scott began chasing the black 2001 Nissan Pathfinder after Greg Williams, 31, Newcastle Street, Savannah, fled from the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Ga. 46.
There, Williams left the roadway and struck a driveway, said Georgia State Patrol Post 45 Commander Sgt. Josh Lamb.
Troopers and Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies pursued Williams down U.S. 301 South and onto Langston Chapel Road, he said.
After Williams breezed past the school zone around 2:30 p.m., where Langston Chapel middle and elementary school students were preparing to end their school day, he also ran a stop sign at the intersection of Langston Chapel and Old Register roads, Lamb said.
It was then that Scott decided to use a pit maneuver, tapping Williams' vehicle on the rear corner with his own patrol car, to stop him, he said.
"He knew he had to do something before he got to the next intersection," which was usually very congested, he said. "He did a very good pit maneuver."
Scott's patrol was barely suffered a scratch, but William's car left the roadway and overturned several times, ejecting him, Lamb said.
Williams was taken to the hospital by EMS, and was treated for "a few cuts to his arm and glass in his eye," he said. After treatment, he was taken to the Bulloch County Jail.
Williams was charged with theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, fleeing/attempt to elude, reckless driving, suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI and several misdemeanor traffic charges, Lamb said.
Further charges may be pending, including charges out of Chatham County. There, authorities are investigating whether Williams was the one who initially stole the Pathfinder.
Bulloch County Jail staff said a photograph of Williams was not immediately available Tuesday night due to Williams' level of intoxication.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.