Dirt bike leads police on chase
By Melanie Ruberti
Public Safety Reports
A man allegedly speeding and driving reckless on Lincoln Street tried to elude LaGrange police officers attempting to pull him over about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Multiple officers in patrol cars followed behind the rider who reportedly ran several stop signs, drove on the wrong side of the road, almost hit a young girl riding a bicycle, came close to colliding head-on with an SUV and drove through the lawn in front of the Clock Tower off Cypress Street, according to police.
The pursuit started on Lincoln Street, continued through the Hillside neighborhood, then onto Troup Street, Fourth Avenue and Cypress Street, the report stated.
Police lost sight of the reckless rider on Elm Street, according to the report.
Officers stated at one point the man on the dirt bike was traveling in excess of 75 miles-per-hour in a 30 mph zone.
LaGrange police are working to identify the driver, the report said.
When the man is arrested he will be charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving and numerous other charges, LPD officials stated.
An off-duty Georgia State Patrol trooper called E-911 and followed a suspected drunk driver to a home in the 1100 block of Upper Big Springs Road about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.
An LPD officer made contact with the driver whom was still sitting inside the vehicle, the report read.
The officer reportedly smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the man and asked him to take a field sobriety test, according to the report.
The driver allegedly failed the test and blew a .15 in the portable breathalyzer, police said.
The man was arrested and charged with DUI – less safe.
Entering auto & theft
A man told LaGrange police someone stole a radio out of his Chevy Blazer while it was parked at the Sun Park Apartments at 1275 Hogansville Road on Sunday.
The owner told officers his passenger side window is missing does so he taped a trash bag in its place, the report read.
The radio was worth around $200.
All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies. Reach the LaGrange Daily News at 706-884-7311.