Man arrested for going 90 mph in construction zone

Published 4:08 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Bainbridge Public Safety conducted a traffic stop early Friday morning after officers noticed a driver traveling approximately 90 mph in a 30 mph construction zone. Now, officers are reminding drivers to be careful and watch for construction workers.

BPS officers, LaDaric Jones, Richard Collins and Jessica Mathews were sitting at Circle K, when they noticed a black sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. Jones proceeded behind the vehicle, eventually catching up to it on Shotwell Street, near Scott Street and activated his emergency lights, preparing to conduct a traffic stop.

The vehicle came to a complete stop, before accelerating swiftly away from Jones. However, they stopped again at the intersection of Scott and Pine Street, where Jones this time exited his vehicle and demanded the driver exit the vehicle with his hands up.

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The driver, Timothy Thomas, followed Jones’ direction and was placed in handcuffs. He was arrested for reckless driving, along with fleeing and eluding. Jones questioned Thomas as to why he was driving at such a high rate of speed, but Thomas had no reason.

According to reports, he said, “I was just driving.”

Thomas was booked in the Decatur County Jail with a bond of $330 for reckless driving and $655 for failure to stop.

Bainbridge Public Safety would like to remind drivers to slow down and obey the posted speed limit when driving in a construction zone, especially when workers are present.