COVINGTON - Two teens are in custody following a chase that began in Newton County and continued into Fulton County Thursday night, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Nicholas Lee Gunn, 17, and Reginald Jerome Mann, 18, both of Atlanta, were arrested and taken to the Newton County Detention Center. Both have multiple outstanding charges against them.
NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said a man was working at CrossRoads Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 229 in eastern Newton County around 7 p.m. Thursday night when he was allegedly confronted in the parking lot by Gunn and Mann.
"The victim said his white Chevrolet truck had been taken from him at gunpoint," Mitchell said.
A lookout was given on the truck and a few minutes later a NCSO deputy spotted it with two men inside, traveling westbound on Interstate 20 at a high rate of speed.
The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but the truck, allegedly driven by Gunn, kept going.
"The chase continued into Rockdale County, where we were assisted by Rockdale deputies, through DeKalb County, where we were assisted with DeKalb County ground police and their air unit, and also troopers with the Georgia State Patrol," Mitchell said. "They continued into Fulton County in Atlanta where the Georgia State Patrol did a PIT maneuver on the truck. At that time they were able to take the two into custody without further incident."
A PIT maneuver involves a vehicle being rammed in the side with the results that it spins out of control, giving officers enough time to apprehend fleeing suspects.
The weapon used in the carjacking was recovered and Mitchell said further investigation into the incident is ongoing.
"We're hoping to find out how they got there (to the church) and if there was anybody else involved," he said.
Gunn is facing 15 charges which include hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, fleeing or attempting to elude, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a pistol by a person under 21, speeding - 45 mph and over, driving in emergency lane, failure to use signal, no seat belt, reckless driving, driving without a license, improper lane usage, driving within a gore and driving too fast for conditions.
Mann is being held on charges of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and carrying a pistol without a license.
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