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RCSO tracks down suspect who fled from high-speed chase

CONYERS — Rockdale County deputies helped track down a man who fled from a stolen vehicle after police chased it from DeKalb County and it wrecked on Interstate 20.

The chase reportedly began sometime around 2 a.m. Friday when the DeKalb County Police Department attempted to pull over a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro reported stolen out of Clayton County and the driver did not stop.

The Georgia State Patrol assisted in the pursuit, which led into Rockdale County on I-20. Somewhere on the eastbound lanes between Sigman Road and West Avenue, a GSP trooper performed the PIT maneuver on the Camaro, causing the car to hit the median wall, the GSP reported.

Three passengers in the car were taken into custody, but the driver fled on foot, jumping over the median wall and running into an industrial park in the area of VFW Drive and Olympic Court, according to the GSP.

RCSO Investigator Michael Camp said Conyers Police Department officers and Rockdale County deputies helped search for the man. An RCSO deputy found the suspect’s sweatshirt in a Dumpster in the industrial park, Camp said

“The deputy then used FLIR, which is a thermal imaging camera, and noticed someone was on top of a school bus parked on Olympic Court,” Camp said.

The man was arrested and taken into custody around 3:14 a.m., he said.

Camp said two guns and a quantity of drugs were found in the Camaro. All four suspects were turned over to the DeKalb County Police Department.