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BREAKING NEWS: Driver Wrecks on Hwy 19 After a Run from GSP
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Earlier this morning, there was a traffic stop by the fountain south of town that ended up with a Mustang clipping fence posts and power poles on the north side of the road just north of Freshway.

[Note from the Editor: This information was obtained from the State Patrol today (November 19, 2020). The crash report is not complete at this time, but Pike County Times will follow up on this article when it is completed.]

At approximately 10:10 a.m. on November 10, 2020, a 2015 Ford Mustang was traveling north on SR3 (Hwy 19) fleeing from police officers. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, sideways, and struck a ditch with its left side. It then continued off the roadway and struck a power pole guide wire, fence, and gate. It then struck two power poles and came to a final rest on its top. [End of addition]

Pike County Times came on the scene about 11:30 a.m. and spoke to Lt. Lance Greene who advised that a GSP Trooper attempted to make a traffic in Zebulon. The driver stopped and a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Ranger stopped to assist. The driver was boxed in by the two cars.

However, the driver of the Mustang backed into the trooper’s patrol car and sidewiped the ranger’s vehicle and sped down Hwy 19 north. Lt. Greene advised during the stop that the driver said he was going to kill himself.

The driver went north until he went up and over the embankment just north of Freshway on the right side of the road. The Mustang stopped after going up and over the embankment before coming to a rest on its top.

The driver was arrested and transported to Upson Regional Hospital by the Georgia State Patrolman (GSP) who was making the arrest.

Linemen from both Georgia Power and Southern Rivers were on the scene to fix the damage made when the Mustang clipped fence posts, a power pole, and snapped lines at this location. A plane was up and flying less than 30 minutes after the wreck to pinpoint the problem areas.

The wreck caused a large outage, but power was restored within a fairly short time of the wreck.

Pike County Times will update this story as soon as more information is available.

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