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BREAKING NEWS: Tesla Takes Out Power to Local Residents During a Midnight Chase

WILLIAMSON - Chief Matt Polk of the Molena Police Department advised that a high speed chase took place last night beginning in the Molena City Limits and ending in the curves of Reidsboro Road.

The chase began around 12:15 a.m. on August 23, 2023 when an officer of the Molena Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for a faulty tag light. The driver of the Tesla fled the officer reaching felony fleeing status before turning left on Reidsboro Road and losing control of the vehicle in the curves.

The driver of the Tesla clipped a power pole and took out power for a large number of residents in that area before fleeing the scene of the wreck.

Chief Polk advised that a search of the vehicle revealed that the Tesla appeared to belong to the driver of the vehicle. A weapon was located in the vehicle, and there was a strong odor of marijuana in the car.

Deputies from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Molena Police Department searched the area and shined lights along the roadways for several hours after the incident to look for the suspect. Deputies assisted in the search for the driver including using a canine to search.

When asked why surrounding residents were not notified, Chief Polk advised, “There was no reason to believe that the public was in danger.” He also pointed out that by staying in the area, law enforcement could have been at any nearby location within minutes of a call to 911.

But no call came in, and Chief Polk advised that they believe that the male suspect has left the area.

A new power pole has been installed at this location after Southern Rivers linemen worked through the night to repair the damage.

The Tesla is registered to an owner in Henry County, Georgia.


UPDATE 8.24.23 - Citizens Calls About Suspicious Activity

WILLIAMSON - On August 23, 2023 around 5 p.m. a citizen saw a man walking along Reidsboro Road and called the Sheriff's Office thinking that this might be the owner of the car who bailed out and ran after leaving the wrecked Tesla a little after midnight the night before.

Deputies responded to the scene to talk to the individual and found out that he was not the person who wrecked the car the night before. However, deputies found that the man was wanted out of Spalding County so he was arrested and taken to the jail.

When asked about people calling the Sheriff's Office about suspicious activity in their community, Major David Neal said, "Observant citizens are a vital assett in keeping our community safe.

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UPDATED 8.24.23