Man arrested after leading troopers on chase

Published 11:19 am Friday, March 23, 2012

Georgia state troopers arrested a south Georgia man after he fled from a road safety check at high speed last Saturday, March 17, according to an incident report from the Georgia State Patrol.

At around 12:45 a.m. Saturday morning, state troopers from the Georgia State Patrol’s Colquitt, Ga., post were holding a checkpoint on the U.S. Highway 27/U.S. Highway 84 bypass at the West Street exit, in conjunction with Bainbridge Public Safety.

A Toyota 4-runner, driven by Floyd Wilson, 45, of Ochlocknee, Ga., approached the checkpoint. Wilson told BPS Officer Toby Miller he did not have his driver’s license, so the driver was asked to pull over.

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However, Wilson reportely made a left turn onto West Street, running the stop sign at the top of the exit ramp. State Trooper First Class Walt Landrum pursued Wilson, who continued south on West Street at more than 80 miles per hour, driving in the middle of the road.

Wilson made a right turn onto Pine Bloom Drive and then pulled into a private driveway. Landrum exited his patrol car and approached Wilson’s vehicle. The state trooper ordered Wilson to exit his SUV and lay down on the ground, at which point the driver was arrested without further incident.

A mixed liquor drink, along with a half-empty Crown Royal bottle, was reportedly located inside Wilson’s SUV.

Wilson was arrested and charged with DUI, open container of alcohol, driving while license suspended/revoked, speeding in excess of maximum limits, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, fleeing/attempting to elude police officer and failure to stop at a stop sign.