By Linton Johnson
A manhunt continues for the driver involved in a high-speed chase with authorities that began in Franklin County and ended with a crash around 11 a.m. Wednesday on Ga. 17 in northern Elbert County.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in the lookout for the male driver of a white Chevrolet pickup truck, which ran off the Bowman Highway between Martin Villa Road and Whites Chapel Road, crossed over a railroad track embankment and crashed into a pasture gate and trees. The driver exited the vehicle and left the scene on foot, disappearing into a wooded area.
The man is a suspect in connection with stolen vehicles, including the crashed pickup truck, which has a Fulton County license plate and a “Contractor for Duke Energy” decal on its tailgate. Officers on the scene said the chase began in Franklin Springs around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews said the suspect is a white male with shaggy long hair and was last seen wearing black pants and a muddy white shirt. The search is concentrated in an area between the Bowman Highway and Brewers Mill Road near the Goss community. Sheriff Andrews advises residents of the area to keep their doors locked and keys out of their vehicles while the suspect is at large and to call 911 if they see the suspect.
Officers from the Georgia State Patrol, Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, Elberton Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Royston Police Department, along with canine units from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Department of Corrections and helicopters from the Georgia State Patrol and Anderson County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office have all been active in the search.
WSGC News was first to report from the crash scene Wednesday at noon. For further updates, follow WSGC Radio on Facebook, and on air at 105.3 FM WSGC.