Miller Co. man leads GSP on chase through streets of Bainbridge

Published 9:11 am Monday, February 14, 2022

What started out as a carjacking in Miller County has now led to Georgia State Patrol Troopers searching for Frank Kimble, after he led them on a chase and later escaped Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Sgt. Gary Richards of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office said the call began with Kimble arriving at his family’s home. Kimble then jumped on top of a family member’s vehicle before bashing in the windshield.

Kimble’s sister then became scared of what Kimble may do and ran inside the home, leaving her keys in her personal vehicle.

Kimble took the opportunity to seize his sister’s car before driving away.

His sister called in the stolen vehicle to the Sheriff’s Department, who alerted nearby officers and deputies that Kimble was headed toward Bainbridge.

At the time of the call, a GSP Trooper was nearby dining with his friends and family, but quickly left to pursue the chase.

The Trooper said he headed north on Zorn Road, where the vehicle was reportedly headed toward. While waiting for the vehicle to pass, a Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Deputy deployed stop sticks. However, the stop sticks only blew out the driver’s side tire, allowing Kimble to continue to speed through town.

Kimble continued south through town, with the GSP Trooper clocking him at triple digits on more than one occasion.

The Trooper said he attempted to use a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver, which is a tactic that can cause fleeing cars to turn abruptly, causing the driver to lose control and stop. However, Kimble actively prevented the Trooper from performing the maneuver on Bethel Road.

Not to be deterred the Trooper once again tried the PIT maneuver at Tallahassee Highway’s Mile Marker 17. This time the Trooper was able to clip Kimble’s bumper, but the car was still on the move.

Finally, the Trooper was able to use the PIT maneuver at Tallahassee Highway’s Mile Marker 16 in the correct way. The maneuver caused Kimble’s car to flip into the median and ejected him from the vehicle.

Luckily, Kimble slid away from the vehicle, while the vehicle continued to roll on top of the Trooper’s patrol car.

Once the vehicle came to a rest, the Trooper jumped out of his vehicle and ran over to Kimble, where he seemed to be unresponsive.

The Trooper then grabbed the medical supplies he kept in his patrol car and attempted to render aid. However, at this time additional units had arrived, one of which was Bainbridge Public Safety, who had an officer cross-trained and was EMS certified.

The officer helped Kimble, who had begun to regain consciousness.

Kimble was then taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where the Trooper was under the impression Kimble would be watched, while he was assessed. However, Kimble checked himself out.

He is now wanted for questioning and for probation violation.

Officers are awaiting his toxicology reports from TMH, but said they believe his actions are a result of taking spice, otherwise known as synthetic marijuana.