By Carol A. Gasser Moore
LANIER COUNTY, Georgia – Authorities were notified Saturday just after 3:00 p.m. that a suspected DUI (Driving Under the Influence) driver drove out of Florida into Georgia’s Echols County trying to avoid being stopped by law enforcement. When various county officers spotted the suspected drunk driver and began to pursue, the driver began to speed up. A chase ensued and the driver of the Honda led police north by northwest into Lanier County.
One Lanier County deputy said that he had clocked the speeder at 130 mph.
The suspected DUI driver came out of North Florida, possibly Hamilton County, into Echols County, Lowndes County and entered Lanier County near Stockton. As the driver got within a mile or so of downtown Lakeland, he suddenly made a U-turn. It was at that point that the suspected DUI driver crashed into the back of a pick-up truck headed west, it is believed, on West Highway 122. The suspect was driving a silver Honda Civic and after colliding into the back of the truck, his car went into a spin. The car stopped near the GDOT (Georgia Department of Transportation) office entrance.
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