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Chase ends in suicide on I-75 here

Will Davis, Monroe County Reporter A Marietta woman led Monroe County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase up and down I-75 early Sunday morning before shooting and killing herself in her car. The pursuit started around 2 a.m. on Sunday when deputy Charles Miller clocked a northbound vehicle traveling 97 mph on I-75, said Inv. Brad Freeman of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Driving a rental Toyota Camry with Mississippi plates, the driver didn’t slow down, but took the Johnstonville Road exit and got right back on the interstate, said Freeman. Deputies noted the suspect had a gun. The pursuit continued north and Sgt. Randy Grindstaff as well as Butts and Lamar county deputies joined the chase when the suspect took exit 201, crossed the bridge and then headed south on I-75. Grindstaff tried to tap the rear of her car to stop her but she slammed on brakes to avoid the spin out. After stopping the driver put a pistol to her head and fired a single round. She was taken to Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin where she was pronounced dead. Grindstaff said the identity of the 43-year-old black female driver is being held until they contact family members. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation, but Freeman said the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will review its actions to ensure it acted properly.

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