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Sheriff releases video of fatal high-speed chase crash

Sheriff Brad White has released dash cam video from the patrol car of Sgt. Michael Brayton that shows the pit maneuver and resulting crash that ended a drug related high speed chase here Monday night.

The passenger in Tahoe, 41-year-old Vincent Hughes, was dead the the scene.

The driver, 39-year-old Bryan Pierre Williams, is in fair condition at Atrium Health in Macon. He faces multiple charges.

The first crash you see is the one on Barnesville Road in which a state trooper was injured. The chase continues along Hwy. 36 toward Barnesville until its fatal conclusion.

Chase crash driver in fair condition

The driver of a vehicle involved in a high speed chase that ended in a fatality here Monday night was in fair condition at Atrium Health, Macon as of 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Bryan Pierre Williams, 39, was driving a Chevy Tahoe and fled from a state trooper. The trooper, who has not been identified, attempted to pit the Tahoe on Barnesville Road, lost control and flipped multiple times. He is recovering from his injuries.

Williams fled toward Barnesville on Hwy. 36 at a high speed and was successfully pitted by a Lamar deputy near the Pennington homeplace. The Tahoe left the roadway, skidded some distance and hit a tree.

A passenger, Vincent Hughes, 41, was dead at the scene. Williams was lifeflighted to Macon. The chase was drug related and Williams faces multiple charges if he survives.

Vote today. Polls open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Lamar County voters go to the polls today to cast ballots in the General Primary and there are some big decisions to be made. Polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Voters countywide will decide whether to continue the one percent local option sales tax. SPLOST is projected to raise $14,274,000 over its six-year lifespan.

Of those funds, Lamar County will receive just over $8.2 million while Barnesville will take in just under $5.4 million. Milner will receive $576,000 while Aldora will get $144,000.

In Barnesville, voters will decide whether package and by the drink alcohol sales will be allowed on Sundays from noon until 11:30 p.m.

In Milner, voters will choose between Rickey Fallings and Tonya Grammer to fill the final empty slot on the city council.

If early voting is an indication, voter interest in these decisions has been tepid at best. Over the three week early voting period that ended Friday, elections supervisor Anita Red and her staff processed a total of only 414 early ballots. About half the absentee ballots distributed had been returned at press time Monday.

For up to the minute election results tonight, monitor

Dr. Nooks leaving Gordon

Gordon State College president Dr. Kirk Nooks is leaving his post effective May 19. In an e-mail to faculty and staff Nooks said he was “accepting a new opportunity”. Nooks wrote, “Please know that this…

Ground broken for animal shelter

A large crowd was on hand Thursday morning for groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the Lamar County Animal Shelter. The shelter will be built on Roberta Drive between the rodeo arena and the wetlands trail.

At the ceremony, it was announced the shelter will be run by the sheriff’s office and that donor funds for the project have topped $188,000.

The county has earmarked $250,000 in SPLOST funds for the project.

There were multiple reports early Thursday that protesters would mar the ceremony but none showed up. There was subtle extra security in place in case of trouble.

Animal shelter groundbreaking is Thursday here

At long last and after multiple site selection issues, Lamar County will break ground on the new animal shelter. Ceremonies will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

The shelter will be built on the site between the rodeo arena and Wetlands Trail on Roberta Drive.

The long-awaited shelter is the last remaining major construction project from the current SPLOST which expires later this year.

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