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Chase ends in arrest here

Local law enforcement officers finished what Clayton County officers started. The news release from the sheriff’s department follows: Lamar County Sheriff’s Office Press Release December 17, 2010 At approximately 1:30 on Thursday December 16,2010 units from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, without notification to Lamar County, attempted an arrest of Matthew Brandon Phillips, white male, age 22, of 85 Crescent Ave. Griffin, GA on a warrant from Clayton County. During the attempted arrest Phillips attempted to flee from the officers. Phillips pushed the victim, Sheila Kay Cardell, white female, age 55, of 1721 East McIntosh Road, Griffin, GA out of the truck. He drove his truck around the mobile home and struck the victim, still lying on the ground, causing extensive damage to her right leg and other possible injuries. She was taken to the Macon Medical Center for treatment. The chase continued along Old Alabama Road, Locust Street, into Milner, out Zebulon Road, and south on Five Points Road. The chase ended with the suspect running off the road, through a fence, and into the woods. After wrecking the vehicle, Phillips fled on foot. Lamar E911 was notified of the incident only after the chase was in progress. Deputies of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident and arrived at the site of the vehicle wreck. Later the suspect was found, hiding under leaves, by Tpr. Mike Maynard, DNR Ranger Keith Page, and LCSO Major Brad White. A consent search was made of the residence and a small quantity of methamphetamines and several firearms were seized. Arrested after the search was Christina Lynn Hill, white female, age 24 of 366 Liberty Hill Road, Milner, GA . Phillips was also charged with the drugs and weapons. He was also charged with hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and attempting to allude, obstruction, destruction of Government property aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and criminal damage to property. Sheriff Waller said, ‘The deputies of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad were legal in their arrest of Phillips, but it is far from being an accepted practice. The officers should have contacted the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office before attempting any action in Lamar County. We would have assisted them and might have avoided the tragic incident to the victim. Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough has been notified and is investigating why the deputies did not follow normal procedure to notify the local Sheriff’. Phillips was taken into custody by the Clayton County deputies. He will have a hold placed on him and when the original charges are adjudicated he will be returned to Lamar County for prosecution here.

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