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Alleged burglar killed in high speed chase

Monroe County Reporter A burglary suspect died in a high-speed chase that started in Smarr early Wednesday morning. Monroe County deputies were dispatched to the Rumble Road BP station after the clerk reported that three white males had been trying to break into a video poker machine and fled in a Chevrolet Equinox SUV with Lumpkin County (Dahlonega) plates. Deputies located the car and gave chase as it headed north on I-75 at speeds of up to 90 mph, said Cpl. Jarrad Duncan of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The car reached speeds of 120 mph before exiting onto Hwy. 36 toward Jackson at around 1 a.m. As the car neared Jackson it was playing high-speed chicken with oncoming traffic, said Duncan, who ordered lead pursuit deputy Chad Beck to employ the standard PIT maneuver, tapping the back corner of the suspect’s car to spin it out. The car left the roadway and crashed. The rear passenger died at the scene and driver and front seat passenger were seriously injured and Lifeflighted to an area hospital, said Duncan. Deputies found burglary tools inside the car, said Duncan. Duncan said the driver will likely be charged with murder.

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