Accused wrong-way driver tries to outrun deputies on the interstate

ATLANTA, Ga. – The person police say is answerable for inflicting a wrong-way wreck in downtown Atlanta, earlier than taking off working down the freeway, is behind bars.

What began as a Thursday night time on patrol, was a pursuit Lt. Michael Lynch with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Site visitors Division will always remember.

“I heard a motorbike engine revving up, and I observed a black and blue slingshot touring southbound within the northbound lanes of MLK, which is a one-way, at a excessive fee of velocity,” he defined.

A second later, he mentioned he heard a crash.

The slingshot, outlined as a three-wheeled motorbike, had crashed right into a minivan close to the intersection of Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The individuals within the minivan have been okay. The driving force of the slingshot, who was recognized as Deraus Jeffery, ran off.

“He ran from the accident location, all the best way right down to Jesse Hill, jumped the fence, bought onto the interstate, 75/85 southbound,” mentioned Lt. Lynch. “He was working northbound within the emergency lane, as we have been pursuing him.”

One other Fulton County deputy was down the road and noticed Lt. Lynch working after the suspect, so he joined in to assist.

“An excellent instance of partnership with all of our different surrounding companies in cooperation, the place they have been in a position to apprehend this hit-and-run suspect,” mentioned Natalie Ammons, Director of Communications for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Workplace. “Despite the fact that that was not a part of their regular duties.”

Ammons mentioned they have been in the precise place on the proper time to assist. From the freeway, the suspect ran again over to the parking storage on Jesse Hill Drive, and that was the place he was finally apprehended. The case was turned over to Atlanta Police.

Lt. Lynch mentioned for him, this was a brand new one.

“That is my first time in my 24 years of regulation enforcement I’ve chased somebody on the interstate.”

Lynch additionally famous slingshot drivers have to be carrying helmets.

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