Moultrie Man Rams Patrol Car During High Speed Chase

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 07:08:24-04

MORVEN, GA (WTXL) -- A Moultrie man was arrested after he led police on a high speed chase just after midnight, said the Georgia State Patrol. Three other people were in the vehicle at the time, including 2 teenagers, officers said. 

Zatavius Tamar Lewis was driving a red 2005 Ford Expedition when they said he sped through a road check that was set up by Morven Police in Brooks County.

Officers went after the speeding car on GA 133 southbound towards Valdsota. According to GSP, Lewis's vehicle exceeded speeds of 80 mph in a 45 mph zone. They said he continued to drive recklessly through Valdosta on St. Augustine Road, disregarding traffic signals and continuing at high rates of speed.

At one point, they said Lewis rammed a GSP patrol car. That is when the trooper got out of his patrol car, drew his service weapon and ordered the driver to stop, said GSP in a news release.

Lewis got out of the car and was arrested by Lowndes County deputies.

Also in the SUV were: 21 year old Bobby Lee Hill of Moultrie, 17 year old Jacovia Williams of Moultrie and a 16 year old juvenile female from Moultrie.

After searching the vehicle, deputies said they located several small bags of Marijuana.  

Lewis was taken to the Lowndes County Jail. GSP charged him with Driving While Unlicensed, Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement and Felony Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement.

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office added additional misdemeanor and felony drug related charges against everyone in the vehicle.

Morven Police Department added additional pursuit related charges.

No injuries were reported from law enforcement, occupants or citizens during the pursuit. No property damage was sustained other than the Expedition and damage to the GSP patrol car.