Created: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:17:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:24:05 EST
Two men from Savannah are under arrest after leading Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies on separate high speed chases through Middle Georgia, clocking in at speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour.
Sargeant Brad Freeman of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says he clocked a black Camero at 116 miles per hour, and a white Toyota Avalon at 112 miles per hour on I-75 Southbound near Forsyth just before 2 Monday afternoon.
"It's very unusual to pursue two cars at the same time," Freeman said.
Freeman says deputies lost sight of the Avalon near the I-475 split, but kept up with the Camero as Bibb County deputies laid spike strips at the Arkwright Road and Ocmulgee East Boulevard exits.
"He was able to avoid the spike strips, he continued down 16 where we continued to pursue him until he had a tire failure here at the Twiggs Bibb County line," Freeman said.
After blowing a tire the driver of the Camero, identified as 20-year-old Jamal Robinson, got out of the car and ran into the wooded median, crossing the Westbound lane and making his way through 3 miles of woods to Marion Road in Twiggs county.
On Marion road is where Robinson hitched a ride - with an off duty Twiggs County deputy.
"Just in his pickup truck, the guy didn't think anything about it he got in the back of the truck," said Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum.
Mitchum says the deputy thought something was up and gave the sheriff a call.
"As soon as we pulled up the guy jumped off the back of the truck, ran through the woods on foot, we gave chase on foot through the woods, and we caught him," Mitchum said.
The driver of the Avalon was spotted North of Forsyth and after another high speed chase wrecked at the 341 bypass in Lamar County. He's identified as 26-year-old Jerome Hayes III.
Monroe County Sheriff JC Bittick says both men are charged with a slew of traffic violations and attempting to elude police. Bittick says a third car was also traveling with the group but deputies were unable to find it.