Stolen vehicle chase on I-85 ends with wreck in Hogansville

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Melanie Ruberti

HOGANSVILLE — Two men remained behind bars this morning after allegedly fleeing in a stolen car and leading Georgia State Patrol on a high-speed chase that ended Friday in Hogansville.

Rodney Duncan, 21, of Riverdale was taken into custody late Friday night near the Hogansville exit of Interstate 85, according to GSP officials. The second suspect, Terrence Jones, 21, of Atlanta was caught in the woods off I-85 early Saturday morning and arrested, stated GSP.

Sgt. Maurice Raines, commander with GSP post 2 LaGrange, said Duncan was southbound near Newnan on I-85 driving a Nissan Armada SUV when GSP troopers in Coweta County attempted to stop the vehicle. The SUV had been reported stolen in Clayton County.

As the SUV approached Troup County, Raines said troopers used traffic to try and slow the vehicle down. Instead, Duncan allegedly tried to continue to outrun troopers by driving into the median.

Troopers tried to box the SUV in as it got back onto the interstate, but Duncan struck one of the patrol cars, ran off the road and smashed into a small tree near the Hogansville exit, Raines said. Both Duncan and Jones, who troopers identified as the passenger in the vehicle, then jumped out and fled on foot.

Duncan was caught immediately and arrested, Raines said.

Troopers and an aviation surveillance crew searched for Jones. Law enforcement officers captured him in the woods early Saturday morning, Raines said.

Both men were transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Raines said troopers found stolen guns inside the SUV.

The investigation is still ongoing, he stated.

Calls to the Coweta County GSP office were not returned by press time.

— Reporter Donny Karr contributed to this report

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.